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Districts in the trial run for common-core exams told Education Week they experienced only minor technological problems, but students found the tests harder than their state assessments.
More than $50 billion in aid to recession-strapped states helped shape how they used and collected education data, though some struggled to comply with the strings attached.
In many rural communities, a small but growing number of charters are scrounging for space and competing with regular schools for scarce resources and students.
Some academics, educators, and technology vendors are pushing to minimize the distracting bells and whistles that abound in high-tech instructional materials.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Regardless of how it was counted, the nation's high school graduation rate cracked 80 percent for the first time with the class of 2012.
To help school leaders facing long-term budget issues, the District Management Council has outlined steps that school districts can take to manage their funds more effectively.
With the rapid demise of the nonprofit data-management company, the daunting technical hurdles for better and safer use of educational data are again front and center.
The company's announcement that it would end the scanning of student e-mails for ad purposes comes after it faced intense scrutiny for its privacy practices.
The plan would increase teacher salaries by 18 percent over nine years, slim the district's teacher-evaluation criteria, and pave the way for a teacher career ladder.
Sex-education classes are often taught by health teachers who have little training in the subject or how to teach it, say standards developers.
Schools are using a variety of approaches to improve social interactions between students with developmental disabilities and their typically developing peers.
Inconsistent state funding, charter school costs, debt payments, and education cuts all play a role in the school system's recurring fiscal crises.
For the second year in a row, a handful of states experienced significant disruptions in online testing, prompting some districts to revert to paper-and-pencil assessments.
A Pennsylvania school district is working to train high school teachers in ways to help students transfer print-based reading strategies to their lessons when they use iPads.
Best of the Blogs
Assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards are drawing fire at the state level, even as most states stick with the standards initiative.
The Obama administration cites as a priority long-delayed federal rules aiming to hold teacher education programs accountable for producing effective talent.
The Evergreen State now faces a potentially messy transition back to accountability provisions of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act.
The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a Michigan initiative barring race-based preferences in admissions at the state’s universities, but no one opinion commanded a majority.
States should phase in use of common-core assessments for teacher evaluation, write Jane Leibbrand and Alice Seagren.
The connection between male students and their teachers is crucial, Michael Reichert and Richard Hawley write.
Students who want to work with their hands should not be subjected to a bias against technical education, writes Mike Rose.
Letters
Letters
For students to become the most capable people they can be, K-12 education must be more than just about "learning," writes Marc Prensky.
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 HOPE Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Panasonic 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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