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States are considering a range of options now that the U.S. Department of Education has offered flexibility on giving their own tests or field tests of new assessments aligned to the common core.
The struggling city school district is resting its hopes on replicating the success of the Science Leadership Academy, a school that emphasizes tech-focused, project-based learning.
A flurry of media reports indicate that districts are making significant security system purchases, from adding high-tech "visitor management" systems to installing new video-surveillance technologies.
A "landmark" agreement prompted by a U.S. Department of Justice probe is opening new doors for students with intellectual disabilities in Providence, R.I.
A recently affirmed Missouri law that allows students to transfer out of unaccredited districts—at the home district's expense—could bankrupt two districts.
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The partnership of research organizations with local district and charter schools will study how the often-changing education policy landscape in the nation's capital affects students and teachers.
Instead of specifying content, the document just issued by states and professional groups describes the "inquiry" process of four disciplines: civics, geography, economics, and history.
More and more urban communities are adopting common applications, deadlines, and lotteries to smooth the enrollment process for parents—and schools.
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A fierce fight over state-developed lesson plans used by hundreds of Texas districts echoes the national debate over new common-core content.
Members of the business community are being urged to rally support for the common standards in statehouses and communities where they are under attack from some on both the political left and right.
The budget uncertainty that education advocates and school districts have lived with for the past two years doesn't seem likely to go away anytime soon. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know.
It's time for common-core critics to focus on improving the standards, says Joanne Yatvin, a frequent critic herself.
Educators need to foster open dialogues with their students about social issues, even difficult ones, David Knight says.
Schools and policymakers should be pouring their energies into finding and supporting great teachers, says Mary Amato.
Letters
As K-12 education faces deep disruption, a new approach to teaching that focuses on student mastery can pave the road to success, writes Lillian Pace.
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