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Growing numbers of schools are offering dual-language classes, where teachers split instruction between English and a second language.
Supporters of tying teacher evaluations to student performance differ over whether individuals' results should be made public.
As increasing numbers of states move to end social promotion, some are also including interventions to help students learn to read.
The latest batch of states seeking relief under the No Child Left Behind Act dodge pitfalls that tripped up the first round of applicants.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
The United States must improve its education system or risk imperiling national security, a blue-ribbon panel concludes.
Starting in the fall, schools that get their ground beef from the federal government can buy it with or without 'pink slime.'
Four years into a bold effort to adopt competency-based learning, the Adams 50 district is still working out the kinks.
State policymakers are catching on to the concept of student learning plans as a way to drive college and career readiness.
After 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica ends its print edition to focus on popular digital products for schools and consumers.
But experts caution that the data from a federal survey were gathered before the bottom fell out of the nation's economy.
Part of Digital Promise, an independent nonprofit organization created by Congress during George W. Bush's administration, the group met recently in Houston to outline its goals.
Most teachers do not believe standardized tests have significant value as measures of student performance, according to a new report.
Best of the Blogs
Many schools in the federal turnaround program saw gains in the 2010-11 school year, the Education Department says.
Policy Brief
Teacher tenure and evaluation, along with school choice and fiscal issues, draw fierce debate in state legislatures.
A proposed 'parent-trigger' law goes down to defeat in a state regarded as friendly to school choice matters.
What goes on in the mind of a student with Asperger's syndrome during the school day? Anita Charles shares her insights.
Both gifted and learning disabled, high school senior Andrew Edward Collins writes that his public school experience has been a struggle.
Early math skills are an equal predictor to literacy skills of school success, argue Deborah Stipek, Alan Schoenfeld, and Deanna Gomby.
Eric Hanushek says school-driven weighted funding is a misguided reform solution.
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