July 13, 2011

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To help 3rd graders become proficient in reading, new laws and initiatives are focusing on the preschool to 2nd grade years.
The state is using Race to the Top resources for extensive professional development in its push for common academic standards.
The statistical methods used to calculate credit scores and car-insurance premiums are now being used to predict which students are likely to drop out and which teacher candidates are good fits for jobs.
After months of arduous negotiation and partisan squabbling, states have new budgets that in many cases will bring deep cuts to education spending.
A state investigation into Atlanta's impressive gains on state tests finds that test-tampering was rampant in the much-praised school system.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Report Roundup
Union leaders sought an early endorsement and revisions to how teachers are evaluated, but there was disagreement among delegates.
By blending funding sources and building partnerships, communities have expanded and re-created summer programs.
Citing cost, among other factors, PARCC drops two of the four tests that would have been given to students throughout a school year.
Starting with a select group of candidates, the Woodrow Wilson foundation works with universities to transform the training of STEM teachers.
The experimental approach of pairing aspiring teachers with mentors for on-the-job training has met with success and problems.
Despite nearly two decades of academic progress, Hispanic students still trail on national assessments.
Researchers find that students nearest the eligibility cut-offs for gifted services don't get much of a learning boost from gifted classes.
The U.S. Department of Education is advising schools against taking steps to prevent students from forming gay-straight alliances.
Schools should do more to support the social and emotional development of young African-American boys, some scholars say.
Researchers find a way to distinguish students struggling in math from those with a genuine disability.
Best of the Blogs
New research suggests that more active approaches to reading can promote students' understanding—especially with word problems.
A growing number of educators around the country are using the social-networking site to share best practices and find answers to important questions.
Thousands gather in Philadelphia to share digital ideas, experiences, and goals at the nation's largest educational technology conference.
Differentiate between the common-core standards and the already-existing state standards, experts at a gathering in West Virginia urge.
Policy Brief
A dozen states have passed laws this season that revamp such policies as tenure, evaluations, seniority, and collective bargaining.
Experts say projects likely to have the greatest impact are state data systems, rating programs for child-care providers, and assessment tools.
Nearly half the states have passed laws in the past couple years that put restrictions on retired teachers returning to the classroom.
Statistics made available this week by the Education Department show that students don't have equal access to rigorous courses, experienced teachers, early education, and school counselors.
Student-created, teacher-guided learning experiences can take place beyond the traditional classroom setting.
Montana, Idaho, and South Dakota say they'll flout the 2014 deadline on AYP, while the Education Department warns such action won't be tolerated.
A Mexican-American studies program doesn't violate a new state law restricting such classes, an audit says, despite the state schools chief's claim.
Hot topics included religious-school tax credits, and children's and workers' rights.
Federal funding to help states avoid layoffs helped shore up special education, but the money is coming to an end.
Organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Futures of School Reform Commentary series and time-limited blog drew a wide range of responses from readers eager to discuss the working groups' visions.
Providing useful, relevant information on reform requires balancing the demands of good science and the urgency of sound policy, Michael J. Feuer and Robert M. Hauser write.
The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund is a crucial piece in the larger early-learning puzzle and educators need to make the most of the opportunity, Sharon Lynn Kagan and Kristie Kauerz write.
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