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In the wake of announcing a new suite of tests, ACT Inc. pulls out of a contract with one of the groups crafting common assessments.
Education and other programs face automatic, across-the-board cuts unless Congress comes up with another plan for the nation's long-term fiscal health.
The document by the lead writers of the common core is being welcomed by the education community, with noted shortcomings.
At the biennial convention, union delegates take hard-line stances despite leaders' calls to continue pursuing reform measures.
As districts and states look for more efficient ways to operate, they are turning to technological approaches that some see as a threat to teacher jobs.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
In annual state ratings, the Education Department has given a "needs intervention" to the District of Columbia six years in a row.
By 2016, the Bay State plans to teach tens of thousands of core-content teachers how to work with English-learners.
A massive new brain study seeks to explore how interactions and other factors shape our brains and the decisions we make.
As schools prepare for changes under the Common Core, some educators are turning to a program that strengthens students' history knowledge and reading comprehension.
Officials say the Boston Consulting Group has helped with the district's budget crisis and strategic plan, but critics charge it is part of a coordinated effort to privatize the city's public education system.
After more than 80 years of providing student-friendly twists on current events, the classroom magazine Weekly Reader will be folded into Scholastic News.
Johns Hopkins' program for talented youths enrolls rural scholarship students in its summer residential camps.
As home schooling grows in popularity, lines are blurring between private and public schooling.
Teacher-training group TNTP suggests school leaders take more-strategic approaches to keeping 'irreplaceables'.
New research sheds light on some possible reasons why experiments to pay or reward students for good test scores have been yielding lackluster results.
The fate of state education policy changes passed in 2010 may hinge on elections for a few hotly contested legislatures this fall.
Policy Brief
But school officials predict the changes will not affect relations between superintendents and the boards that hire them.
The state education department launches a statewide investigation after three districts are implicated.
Just three states—Idaho, Illinois, and Nevada—still await word on flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Parents seeking to overhaul a California elementary school court outside groups to help after recent legal victory.
'Won’t Back Down,' due out next month, takes a fictional look at a controversial parent-driven school overhaul tactic.
A former teacher of the man under arrest in the mass shooting in Colorado reflects on the once-promising 5th grader and one of his classmates.
Value-added scores are important, but they don't tell the whole story of what's happening in the classroom, writes Aimee Rogstad Guidera.
Educators should rethink classroom-management practices that end up punishing students for showing their emotions, Luke Reynolds writes.
Beverlee Jobrack explains how schools can identify effective teaching materials as they embark on the implementation of the standards.
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