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A variety of culprits are being cited as the cause of a sudden drop in NAEP scores, but experts recommend caution.
A new cadre of school leadership programs emphasizes knowledge of practices from the business world.
Images of an officer's rough treatment of a black student have thrust questions about the proper role of police in schools into the national spotlight.
The first national study of online charter schools found that the schools generate dramatically weaker academic growth than their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Correction
Report Roundup
Stretching limited dollars to expand educational opportunities will require some creative thinking and better sharing of lessons learned, school business officers suggested at a recent conference.
The federal government is demanding more answers from school officials about how they plan to resolve allegations of discriminatory admissions practices at their better schools.
Best of the Blogs
Twenty-one city school districts took park in NAEP testing in 2015. Of those, only the District of Columbia saw improvements in both reading and math for both grades 4 and 8.
A House-approved bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would scrap the law’s "maintenance of effort" requirement.
New principles aim to bolster states and districts in reducing the number of tests students take, while assuring high-quality assessments.
The Republican candidates for president hold mixed views on whether the department should be retained or eliminated.
A federal investigation of alleged corruption in Michigan's state-run school district may complicate Gov. Rick Snyder's turnaround plans for the city's school system.
Jonathon Plucker and Matthew Makel discuss why people are reluctant to have educational studies replicated, and emphasize why replication is so important.
The buzz around the maker movement obscures the benefits of maker education for students, writes researcher Jennifer Oxman Ryan.
Amidst floundering efforts to improve K-12 education in Newark, N.J., Fr. Edwin D. Leahy shares his school’s secrets to success.
Letters
We need systemic policies that press for academic growth of all students, write Chester E. Finn and Brandon L. Wright.
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