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New studies highlight the complex roles that neighborhoods, schools, interests, and academic expectations can play in school-selection processes.
The Match Teacher Residency is one of a small number of programs that train aspiring teachers for the classroom through practice.
New York state took an unorthodox route in buying curriculum that teachers now say students won’t have time to digest before being tested.
The 16 districts that won Race to the Top grants are taking vastly different approaches as they aim to make over the classroom experience.
Often the neglected part of STEM education, engineering is making inroads into the precollegiate sphere.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Fewer than one in five students who took an Algebra 1 "honors" class were actually exposed to rigorous mathematics, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress's latest high school transcript study.
A new study finds that increasing enrollment in advanced math classes before high school hasn't led to higher math performance for states on the national assessment in the subject.
Some math teachers are refining practices and getting creative to help struggling students make the shift to the common core.
After being condemned as discriminatory in the 1990s, grouping students by academic ability seems to be back in vogue with a new generation of teachers, according to an analysis of federal teacher data.
Parent groups will be on the ground floor as an elementary school principal vaults to the helm of San Diego's school system.
A California school district and a museum are working together to teach English-learners the language in tandem with science.
Under a federal grant program, 11 states are using student surveys and select data to monitor and address issues around safety, discipline, and engagement.
Getting adequate sleep is critical to brain development, memory function, and cognitive skills in children and teenagers, experts and advocates tell a symposium in Maryland. Pushing back school start times helps ensure that they get enough rest.
Best of the Blogs
Nearly 18 months after its conception, the nonprofit Connect to Compete organization recently launched programs aimed at Americans without home broadband Internet access, including tens of millions of students.
The computerized exam will ask students to apply their knowledge of technology and engineering principles to solve problems.
Some 45,000 teachers nationwide are using the Engineering Is Elementary program, more than triple the number of five years ago.
Advocates push options for parents to demand turnaround of low-performing schools, while critics say the laws could undermine public education.
Policy Brief
Legal briefs in a pair of cases to be argued at the Supreme Court raise such issues as schools' treatment of same-sex parents and gay students and the possible impact on curriculum.
Congress has yet to take action that would ward off education cuts for the 2013-14 school year.
Hanna Skandera, New Mexico's secretary-designate of education, pushes ahead with agenda, despite lawmakers' inaction on her confirmation.
Early-childhood education has attracted a flurry of legislation in Congress even as the Obama administration pushes its own proposals.
Schools must look beyond salary to the benefits and working conditions they offer when looking to hire and retain teachers, Regis Anne Shields and Karen Hawley Miles write.
The common-core math standards offer an opportunity for teachers to move away from a step-by-step instructional model, writes Alison Crowley.
At the expense of creation, our classrooms have become too focused on celebrating the lives of others, writes Stephen R. Herr.
Letters
Letters
Turnarounds generally happen through a series of disciplined improvements, not because of one silver bullet, Amanda Gardner writes.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the California Endowment, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the GE Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and an anonymous funder. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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