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As Republicans take charge on Capitol Hill, lawmakers mull scaling back state testing under the No Child Left Behind Act—a move that would thrill some advocates and rile others.
Fresh out of college, the young advisers work alongside overburdened counselors for two years to help disadvantaged students forge a path to college.
A long history of failed federal policies has some tribal leaders and educators skeptical of the Obama administration’s plan to improve the Bureau of Indian Education.
A group of local foundations, universities, technologists, and advocates in Pittsburgh has created a blueprint for supporting digital innovation in the early years that the White House and others hope to replicate.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Correction
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Report Roundup
The new agenda calls for more research on how students with Down syndrome can experience improved learning and memory and participate more in schooling.
Sharing test items is not a new strategy, but now that most states have adopted common standards, more of them are looking to pick up assessment items others have already developed.
Best of the Blogs
Should a growing college-access program for low-income students in Maryland focus on high achievers or struggling students?
Gov. Andrew Cuomo plunges into his second term vowing to push for controversial changes that could put him at odds with leading K-12 officials in the Empire State.
Private day-care operations can tap into extensive federal early-learning money, in exchange for meeting strict Head Start standards.
State of the States
Rick Hess lays out the reasoning behind his 2015 Edu-Scholar Public Influence rankings; a related table highlights 12 top junior scholars.
Higher education institutions should help spread word of their K-12 findings, Harvard's James Ryan says.
To remain relevant, university faculty must engage with K-12 practitioners in the field, writes Robert Pianta.
Higher educators need to translate their research on K-12 practice into actionable information, Karen Gallagher says.
Letters
By trying to block alternatives to the common core, its proponents have fueled a standards backlash, Williamson Evers says.
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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