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The common-core-test labs allow scientists to get inside students' heads and use what they learn to craft questions and tasks.
English-language-learner educators say the uncertain role of their clearinghouse is symptomatic of diminishing federal attention.
Advocates are making the case that the arts can help students meet the demands of the common core in English/language arts and mathematics.
Among the 61 finalists for the latest Race to the Top competition are high-scoring applicants from rural districts and states not previously receiving the federal grants.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The proposed new NAEP indicators go beyond income for a clearer picture of students' socioeconomic status.
The Education Achievement Authority is at the center of a raging battle—just months into its turnaround efforts in Detroit.
In sparsely populated areas, advocates see great potential for out-of-school programs to provide academic enrichment to needy students, but find resources lacking.
The transaction was the latest development in a period of significant change in the educational publishing world as companies move from print textbooks to digital products and services.
Connecting with students early so they know what they need for college or careers is a key tenet of Minnesota's comprehensive proposal.
Teachers also report assigning more homework to students, according to a new NAEP time-use study.
In an attempt to close the achievement gap, at least 300 hours a year will be added to school calendars in five states.
Big gaps exist across racial and ethnic groups and income levels, the first-of-its-kind report from "the nation’s report card" shows.
The American Federation of Teachers wants stricter training-program entry criteria and a "universal assessment" for teacher-candidates.
New definitions for disorders like Asperger's syndrome help determine who gets special education services.
The new measure makes it a misdemeanor for students who commit various online offenses against school employees.
Best of the Blogs
The looming conversion of tax-break expirations and across-the-board budget cuts has education advocates in Washington in overdrive.
States' willingness to spend on education is likely to be hampered by worries about the fragility of their financial situation.
The system for paying for Louisiana's far-reaching voucher program may have to be retooled, after a state judge ruled that its method of paying for private school scholarships violated the state's constitution.
Policy Brief
Year-end tests are not a predictor of future performance and shouldn't be perceived as such, writes Dave Powell.
Lengthening the school day and year can inspire broad, new thinking about K-12 learning, Barnett Berry and Frederick Hess write.
A new version of a Christmas classic has Anita Voelker questioning the desire to make children's books perfectly safe.
Letters
The angry K-12 education debate may be inescapable, but the solution lies in our understanding what the fight is about, James S. Liebman writes.
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