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The move puts college representatives at the voting table on pivotal questions about crafting tests that reflect college readiness.
States have been slow to spend their prize money, reflecting challenges in delivering on ambitious plans.
Two years in, the federal School Improvement Grant program shows momentum, but sustaining gains may be a challenge.
More states are requiring teacher-candidates to take—and pass—licensing tests in reading before they can move into the classroom.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Researchers found that a structured approach to managing recess led to less bullying and more time for learning.
Critics of the iconic organization question costs and advocacy efforts.
Two new federal reports present a complex picture of the arts' presence in schools and the benefits derived from students' exposure.
Researchers say funding for state preschool programs has not kept up with the growth in enrollments.
The new position may be the first in the country dedicated solely to building and overseeing a district’s social-media efforts, observers said.
The national government plans to open 2,500 new schools over the next five years and is inviting companies and foundations to apply to run them.
The U.S. Department of Education is taking back an offer to go easier on districts cutting special education funds.
Best of the Blogs
A package of K-12 changes, largely orchestrated by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, will dramatically expand families' access to aid for private school tuition.
Policy Brief
As gubernatorial campaigns heat up around the country, K-12 policy feeds into the fight, though specifics vary state to state.
School Improvement Grant recipients are anxious about sustaining gains once the funds run out.
Many in the School Improvement Grant program have yet to overhaul teacher rating and reward systems.
Students want and need to talk about difficult and complex life events and educators shouldn’t avoid the discussions, explain Jeffrey P. Carpenter and Scott Weathers.
District employees are an underused force for school change, Trent Kaufman, Emily Dolci Grimm, and Allison Miller write.
Increasing minority students' access to advanced coursework is crucial, writes Mary Ann Rankin.
Letters
Letters
Tom Loveless weighs in on the quality and rigor of the standards and whether they can make a dent in student achievement.
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