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The nonprofit best known for the SAT is positioning itself to seek pieces of the common-core-assessment business.
Policies emerging from the two state consortia developing common-core assessments would set limits on the devices' use, and likely influence classroom practice.
Many for-profit providers of supplemental education services have had to pursue new K-12 revenue streams, or even close their doors, as federal funding has moved to other purposes.
An unprecedented group waiver for eight districts redefines the federal role in school accountability—and has some saying it goes too far.
As they prepare to open schools for the year, Philadelphia officials grapple with short-term budget crises and longer-term concerns about the district's financial sustainability.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Correction
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
A study found that requiring students to participate in community service to graduate led to significant boosts in 8th grade volunteering, but actually decreased volunteering among older students.
Siblings of students with disabilities are 60 percent more likely to drop out of school than students without such brothers or sisters, a new study says.
Best of the Blogs
The National Assessment Governing Board has adopted language that will define the new "college prepared" scores in reading and mathematics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Proponents of teaching film studies in the K-12 classroom say it boosts students’ complex literacy skills and dovetails with the new common standards.
New York officials say lower scores on tests aligned to the common core are a "wake-up call," while critics slam the tests and other facets of the program.
With No Child Left Behind waivers in place and partisan bills in Congress, the administration has little incentive to push for a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Policy Brief
School choice and an end to teacher tenure are among the actions fueling protests in North Carolina, where Republicans control the legislature and governorship.
At issue: new language intended to assure that those with disabilities are not steered into low-wage jobs.
The U.S. Department of Education plans to issue guidance by month's end on how states with waivers under the NCLB law can go about seeking renewal.
Two leaders of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools reflect on the lessons they have learned about school turnarounds.
New research shows the dollar value of investing in community schools, Cheryl Hayes and Richard Buery Jr. write.
It's time for school districts to adopt policies that promote the well-being of teachers and other employees, Anastasia Snelling and Maura Stevenson write.
Letters
Letters
To create safe schools for students, teachers, and staff, teamwork is essential, writes Nancy Hahn.
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