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The national exam produces the most widely valued test data in the country, but that information is often put to questionable use, researchers say.
Opponents of the Common Core State Standards take aim at assessments aligned to the standards, seeing them as a weak link that may slow the common core's momentum.
School districts are feeling varied levels of pain from across-the-board federal budget cuts that even seasoned number-crunchers find hard to illustrate and quantify.
A promise of free college tuition was just the beginning for the Say Yes to Education initiative in its first test city.
A pair of major investors are betting that expanding a Utah preschool program will reduce special education costs.
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From "fractions camps" to computer games, researchers are looking for better ways to teach a tough topic.
Following the president's remarks last month on his own early encounters with racism, educators and advocates reflect on the plight of African-American youth.
For 10 weeks, teams of high school students from the city's disadvantaged neighborhoods hold down 9-to-5 jobs with life skills and other lessons mixed in.
Parents nationwide are growing more sophisticated and influential in pushing bond and tax measures needed to fill budget holes and better the quality of schools.
Data trackers in Montgomery County, Md., schools have found that some signs of dropout risk are visible at the start of schooling.
Despite experience leading other big-city districts in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New Orleans, Paul G. Vallas faces questions on his qualifications in his current post.
Wisconsin researchers are examining whether games can measure learning and build attention, empathy, and other noncognitive skills.
In a notice of proposed rulemaking, the commission calls for revising the E-rate program to support schools’ use of more up-to-date Web connections.
Some charter school operators, facing challenges in obtaining financing to open new facilities, have turned to options such as sharing space with traditional public schools.
Legislatures across the country have taken a variety of approaches to helping charter schools secure building space.
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After learning the price tag for PARCC tests designed to align with the common-core standards, state officials are weighing their options.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tells Education Week he sees no need to step up the federal role in new accountability systems under NCLB waivers.
Far different versions of legislation to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary are shaping up in each house of Congress.
Policy Brief
The resignation of Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett amid a school grade-changing controversy stemming from his tenure in Indiana spotlights the complexities and pitfalls of school accountability systems.
Grant recipients that had failed to meet federal quality benchmarks had to recompete for their funds, but the winning early-education providers included little in the way of fresh faces.
A number of private schools in Florida are looking to implement the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms, writes Carol Thomas.
Educators need to be vigilant about bullying and to build positive school cultures to keep students safe and to head off tragedies, Mariam Azin writes.
Trying to engage students at the high school level has implications when they enter college, Mark Bauerlein writes.
The common-core standards lack an essential element in ignoring civics education, Web Hutchins 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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