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After a framework for a tentative agreement emerged Friday, the union's delegates were scheduled to meet this weekend to vet a draft and vote on whether to call off the strike.
Imagine K12, the biggest startup incubator in the United States specifically for education technology, brings in educators to critique entrepreneurs’ product ideas.
Amid concerns about the time and expense of testing, a 25-state coalition plans to offer the choice of both a shorter and longer assessment pegged to the common-core standards.
A bill on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk would make California the first state to break out data on long-term English-learners.
While many in their party remain opposed, some state and local Democrats see vouchers as an escape hatch for students in failing schools.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The first computer-based version of the national assessment also examined the use of word-processing tools by 8th and 12th graders.
Researchers say the Responsive Classroom approach can boost test scores—but only if teachers implement it faithfully.
The OECD ranks the United States 28th out of 38 countries when it comes to providing early-childhood education.
Long-term partnerships, rather than one-off studies, may become the new norm for research on schools.
Researchers say it takes a mix of strategies—but not too many—to engineer school improvement.
Turnaround schools don't always keep the best teachers and lose the worst ones, a researcher finds.
K12 Inc. of Herndon, Va., and Baltimore-based Connections Education are both seeking to expand online offerings and to open full-time virtual charter schools in Maine.
Best of the Blogs
One hundred fourty-four Children First schools remained open during the Chicago teachers' strike, providing nonacademic projects and activities to 350,000 students.
The tension between the Chicago Teachers Union and the city's school district is a broader reflection on changes to evaluation policies being rolled out across the country.
At the grant program's midpoint, states make progress in some areas, but still face challenges.
Policy Brief
Job openings in several states could provide momentum for advocates seeking to push politically sensitive agendas.
Change is inevitable, and school leaders need to imitate others' success, Robert Maranto and Rod Paige write.
Service initiatives can help schools and teachers reach struggling students, writes Jim Balfanz of City Year.
Armando Gutierrez imagines what it feels to be a lost student in the classroom.
Alfie Kohn writes that "our love affair with numbers" is causing us to focus on what is easiest to measure instead of what matters most in the classroom.
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