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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, seated, hands over a pen to state Rep. Steve Montenegro, a fellow Republican, after signing a bill requiring students to pass a civics test to graduate from high school.
—Ross D. Franklin/AP-File

U.S. Citizenship Test Gains Traction as Diploma Criterion

Arizona and North Dakota require high school students to correctly answer portions of the test to graduate, and other states are weighing such a mandate. (March 24, 2015)

Spotlight on Middle and High School Literacy

This Spotlight looks at the strategies for working with middle and high school students on literacy skills, as educators are learning it's not just young children who need the help.

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Lessons from New York City's Small High Schools
In this webinar, experts discussed what research says about New York City's small schools, and what makes them an effective option for the city's disadvantaged students.

Chat Transcript

The Senior Slump: Strategies to Keep Students Motivated
Strategies to keep students engaged are outlined in this online chat including college-level course offerings, internships, and independent study.

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Newly mandated tests are sometimes doing double duty as exit exams or accountability gauges.
October 28, 2014 - Education Week
The state is scrambling to hire a company to administer winter tests used for high school graduation after McGraw-Hill Education CTB withdrew from a proposed contract.
October 10, 2014 - Education Week
The College Board's first combined release of data from three of its college-readiness testing programs illuminates "missed opportunities" for students with academic potential, the board says.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
A Jefferson County school board proposal to ensure that U.S. history courses promote citizenship and patriotism and downplay civil disobedience led to weeks of student protests in the suburban Denver district.
October 3, 2014 - Education Week
New research finds that students in schools that used deeper-learning teaching approaches had better test results and people skills than peers in other schools.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
Students looking to prepare for Advanced Placement exams, or simply expand their academic knowledge, now have free access to an array of classes.
September 23, 2014 - Education Week
For cities and districts seeking to establish a communitywide college-going culture, George Weiss and Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey offer four steps.
September 16, 2014 - Education Week
In some states, new initiatives and graduate programs are providing needed training to expand college counseling in high schools.
September 9, 2014 - Education Week
School leaders should take a cue from medicine and find ways to examine and learn from their failures, Courtney Stewart writes.
September 5, 2014 - Education Week
Principals are applying concepts familiar in business circles—such as marketing, branding, and coordinated public outreach through social media—to manage their schools.
July 31, 2014 - Education Week

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