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Nineteen states have joined forces on the assessment, which would be used to judge teacher-candidates’ classroom effectiveness.
The buzz is growing around a soon-to-be-released documentary on schools by the director of "An Inconvenient Truth."
Ten years after the San Diego district drew national attention for its short-lived reforms, the system unveils a very different improvement plan.
The nine states and the District of Columbia will share $3.4 billion in Round Two of the federal competition, a cash infusion intended to fuel bold education reforms.
Report Roundup
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Correction
In the latest PDK/Gallup poll, just a third of Americans gave the President an A or B for his efforts to improve the nation's schools.
While it's unclear whether charters are underserving English-language learners, a new report says those schools should do more to recruit and meet the needs of those students.
The board takes a small step toward resolving the question: Who decides whether a child can attend an online-only school?
Although enrollment has grown at Pennsylvania's 11 virtual academies, they have mostly failed to reach state testing standards.
Best of the Blogs
NBC News is planning a special week of programming and other activities late this month to draw attention to the challenges in U.S. education and how to address them.
Policy Brief
More states say they have the capacity to comply with NCLB reporting requirements for subgroups' graduation rates.
Language buried in a report on a Senate appropriations bill may provide a glimpse of the bar Congress will set for judging the effectiveness of school improvement interventions.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired his appointed education commissioner, Bret Schundler, in the wake of a paperwork gaffe that may have cost the state a $400 million Race to the Top grant.
With dishonesty now a virtual classroom norm, writes Christopher L. Doyle, talking openly with students about it might help teachers seek solutions.
There are dozens of academic and developmental reasons for schools to create and use outdoor classrooms, writes green-schoolyard advocate Kirk Meyer. He gives 10.
Lewis Carroll could have had a ball with today's topsy-turvey, test-dominated place called school, writes Nel Noddings. Nothing there is as it seems.
Kim Marshall argues that, rather than rewarding individual teachers for good test scores, we create incentives for teachers to work together to improve learning.
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