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As e-learning moves into the K-12 mainstream, it is attracting a growing number of critics, who say it suffers from a lack of accountability and insufficient evidence of effectiveness.
While much research points to 9th grade as a problem transition year for students, a new study suggests the move from elementary to middle school may be more of a worry.
The 11 states seeking flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act differ widely on student-achievement goals and strategies to help low-performing schools.
Educators are figuring out how to balance the standards' focus on academic rigor with young children's developmental needs.
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The impending loss of accreditation for Kansas City, Mo., schools could cause an exodus of students to neighboring districts—and impose new financial burdens on the troubled Kansas City school system.
Momentum is building to explore how the arts can be linked with STEM subjects to enhance student learning and help foster creativity and innovation.
Between common standards and the No Child Left Behind law, advocates for social and behavioral sciences worry their field is getting getting short shrift in schools.
Successful efforts aimed at the middle grades, experts say, must go beyond specifying coursework.
A survey of 5,300 counselors shows a committed but frustrated corps that sees a divide between what schools do and should do.
Virginia Beach school officials figure taxpayers get back $1.53 for every $1 invested in their schools.
The child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State has renewed questions over educators' duty to report suspected abuse, but most states are clear on K-12 reporting requirements.
The sixth annual survey by the Data Quality Campaign finds that nearly every state now has a system in place for collecting longitudinal education data, but the hard part is putting all the new information to good use.
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Congressional lawmakers put a crimp in a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to limit starchy foods and serve more fresh vegetables in school meals.
The state's budget crisis means schools face the prospect of layoffs, cutbacks in the school week, and other consequences.
Policy Brief
Education aid would fall by $3.5 billion in 2013 under one scenario requiring across-the-board cuts to government.
Paul T. Hill proposes a new school funding system, saying it would help foster technology-based learning opportunities.
An educator's grasp of students' cultural identities can boost learning, and it should also be assessed, write Willis D. Hawley and Jacqueline Jordan Irvine.
Some schools are entering into promising partnerships to address students' non-academic needs, Jane Isaacs Lowe writes.
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