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The Building Assets-Reducing Risks program now being tested in Maine is among a handful of promising ideas that started as federal i3 grants.
Funds from the Investing in Innovation program have helped some rural high schools in North Carolina to ramp up their dual-enrollment efforts.
Advocates for parent and community engagement see a chance to expand on their impact under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
An Education Week survey of every state finds that only 21 still plan to use the shared tests designed for the Common Core State Standards.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
In the wake of the Flint, Mich., water crisis, more school districts are reporting elevated levels of lead in their water.
A recent poll of nearly a million U.S. students concludes that schools need to work on building supports to keep students invested in their educations, especially as they advance in grades.
Lawmakers have revamped a state law in hopes it will pass constitutional muster and allow the fledgling charter sector to stay alive.
A two-year experimental study of the National Writing Project shows that the program has a positive effect on teachers' instructional practices and their students' writing.
Educational technology can help students develop important social and emotional skills and character traits, concludes a report from the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group.
Which states are giving PARCC, Smarter Balanced, SAT, or ACT? Which require exit exams? This interactive chart shows the results of a national survey of states' assessment programs in math and English/language arts for 2015-16.
As the first grants issued under the federal Investing in Innovation, or i3, program wind down, Education Week examines the yield from the politically popular program.
The ins and outs of the main "innovation pipeline" for promising pre-K-12 programs, which received more than $1.3 billion from the U.S. Department of Education since 2009.
See a selection of some of the largest grants among the 2010 i3 grantees and what their evaluations have found so far.
In some states, budget-driven cutbacks may pose challenges as state education agencies gear up for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland also has been a private lawyer, federal prosecutor, and Department of Justice official.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether certain faith-based organizations are protected from having to take steps to opt their employees out of contraceptive coverage.
Best of the Blogs
Investing in a child's health and education, even before she is born, has lifelong benefits, writes Sarah Klaus.
As state leaders look ahead to ESSA implementation, the common standards offer key insight, writes Thomas J. Kane.
Different education tests are built with different purposes. So why are we using them interchangeably? asks W. James Popham.
Schools should teach students empathy to counter hate and disrupt violence, write Maya Soetoro-Ng and Alison Milofsky.
Letters
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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