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The new exam, which at least seven states will soon start using, is seen as the teacher education field's response to criticism of university-based preparation programs.
A nonprofit has combined economic principles and technology to help overhaul the school choice and student assignment systems in New York, Boston, Denver, New Orleans, and Washington.
Like many Native American students, Legend Tell Tobacco, a 10-year-old on South Dakota's Pine Ridge reservation, must outrun the odds against his educational success.
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Researchers have found that playing an instrument may help grow the neural connections that aid creativity, decisionmaking, and complex memory—especially when children's training starts early.
The college-prep courses developed by the British university are far less popular here than the AP and International Baccalaureate programs, but Cambridge is quickly gaining ground.
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Sean P. "Jack" Buckley's departure opens up a tough-to-fill hole for the Institute of Education Sciences, an agency that has had several long vacancies.
Apple's device commands 94 percent of the education market, according to a recent analysis, raising questions and concerns about whether that level of market share is good for schools.
The city school system is believed to be the first in the country to release data via an "application programming interface," opening the doors for software developers to create custom tools.
California's Morongo Band of Mission Indians is sinking its casino-generated wealth into a new school, in the hope of reversing decades of low achievement.
The sequester's 5 percent across-the-board cuts have been particularly hard on schools serving Native students—many of which rely heavily on federal funds.
Critics worry the Education Department won't be tough enough on states seeking to extend NCLB waivers, especially on ensuring all students have an effective teacher.
Big questions linger as the U.S. Department of Education unveils its second annual look at results of the federal School Improvement Grant program.
Concerns about the potential cost of providing support staff and hourly employees with health coverage came up at a congressional hearing on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Top education lawmakers in Congress are pushing a $30 billion early-education measure, but budget austerity poses a big challenge.
Advocates say that federal strings and red tape could undercut a $100 million competition to help secondary schools better prepare students for college and high-tech careers.
By bringing the local culture of Native students into the public schools they attend, Title VII has been one of the most important programs for reforming education in Indian Country, writes Corey Still, a student board member of the National Indian Education Association.
Leaders of the Pueblo of Jemez have adapted the common-core standards to make them more culturally appropriate and educationally effective in their community, writes Kevin Shendo, the pueblo's education director.
More needs to be done to prepare American Indian students to attend and succeed in college, Fort Lewis College Provost Barbara Morris writes.
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Early education is a critical step to bridging the achievement gap between Native and non-Native students, writes Jefferson Keel, the lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation.
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