September 18, 2013

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan threatens to sanction the state if it follows through on a proposal to suspend most accountability testing for one year and rely on common-core-aligned field tests instead.
In what opens new questions about how selective alternative programs work, a random-assignment experiment shows that students taught by secondary TFA teachers outperformed their peers.
Tennessee is allowing arts teachers to submit their students' work as one yardstick of how well they contribute to the children's achievement.
Companies such as Kaplan and Pearson are mentoring startups on how to refine their products and services to succeed in the K-12 marketplace.
Language translations and a read-aloud option are among the accommodations approved by the Smarter Balanced group.
News in Brief
Correction
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
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Report Roundup
Passionate educators and YouTube are working to revive an ancient art form, and finding fans among students and teachers alike.
Mercy College's education school in New York City has opened a parent center to train adults to become advocates and active partners in their children's schooling.
The organization overseeing advanced teacher certification plans to revise the assessment process for the credential and to make it less costly for teachers to earn.
As more districts trim the school week to cope with budget crunches, the WACO district is doing so to expand student enrichment opportunities and teachers' professional development.
The global market for learning games and simulations is expanding, but experts say the level of interest does not appear to be as evident in K-12 schools.
Best of the Blogs
Proposals fly in Washington to add fresh scrutiny to student outcomes as Congress prepares to tackle reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Policy Brief
Federal officials say Arizona's NCLB waiver accountability plan falls short on high school graduation rates and teacher evaluations, which could put the state's flexibility at risk.
State officials and the U.S. Department of Justice clash over the state's voucher program in the shadow of a long-standing desegregation case.
As it considers reauthorizing the Education Sciences Reform Act, a House panel assesses IES' stewardship of school research.
The standards will elevate the profession, better prepare teacher-candidates, and ensure that new teachers have the skills they need to improve student outcomes, write Mary Brabeck and Christopher Koch.
Teachers who have been fired because of flawed evaluations will not have their day in court, write W. James Popham and Marguerita K. DeSander.
Nelba Marquez-Greene, whose daughter Ana Grace was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year, writes about the courage of teachers.
Letters
Teachers need to stand up for their principles, even if it means being labeled as troublemakers, Alfie Kohn writes.
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