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Interactive Game
After a slow start, a flurry of activity has occurred in the past six months to prepare principals for the new standards.
Nearly six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, attention is focusing on a handful of charter schools that were specifically created to be racially and socioeconomically diverse alternatives to the regular public schools in their neighborhoods.
Added rigor is welcomed, but lower scores sting as states roll out new tests—and brace for the common core.
Discovering the brain's power to change may be neuroscience's biggest—and most promising—contribution to education.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has offered education proposals that include both market-driven, conservative initiatives and continuation of some ideas aligned with the Obama administration.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Six suburban towns want out of a plan to fold Memphis city schools into the neighboring Shelby County school system.
Even though quizzing themselves may be the most effective study strategy, students are least likely to choose it.
Special educators clue test developers in on the hurdles ahead in designing assessments for students with disabilities.
The latest annual statistical compendium from the U.S. Department of Education shows that high school students are missing fewer days of school, taking more rigorous courses, and signing up more often for sports activities.
The schools in the program are providing an education nearly identical to that of the highest-performing charter schools in the country.
Whether it's a job in a restaurant or a costly overseas excursion, summer experiences can help students get into the colleges of their choice.
A survey shows that about 64 percent of principals and 70 percent of district-level administrators are regular users of smartphones, compared with 40 percent for the public.
A study estimates that states could save as much as $927 million or spend as much as $8.3 billion, depending on which approach they use.
A group of Chicago researchers say that students' performance in 9th grade is better than language proficiency for targeting which English-learners are likely to graduate on time—and who needs more help.
Guidelines meant to help schools balance students' free-speech rights with anti-bullying efforts are raising concerns.
Best of the Blogs
Formal training in brain biology could help dispel some of the 'neuro-myths' that permeate the field, scholars say.
The latest states getting flexibility under the No Child Left Behind now turn to making good on promised changes.
Policy Brief
In the past two years, a trio of lawsuits have targeted rules governing teacher evaluation, seniority, or due process.
$400 million in federal grants will go to districts aiming to embrace certain education redesign priorities.
Teacher personnel decisions are being based on tests that fail to truly measure achievement, Jack Schneider writes.
There is no silver bullet for teaching English-language learners; instead, educators must identify the best research and instructional strategies, writes Margaret L. Bonanno.
Like the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, math instruction requires a balanced and measured approach, writes Robert Kaplinsky.
Policymakers must invest in the professional capital of all teachers, Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves write.
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