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On the new tests, the first in the nation to be explicitly aligned to the common core, students scoring "proficient" or better fell by a third or more.
Looming budget cuts, ESEA reauthorization, and a Pell Grant shortfall will all confront Congress and the White House.
Through Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and text messages, districts are giving parents news and information about their children's schools.
Schools are using lunchtime detentions, Saturday schools, alternative schools, and other forms of in-school suspension to keep students on the academic track.
Many of the stresses associated with poverty exact a lasting toll on children's health and learning.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Thousands of schools are doubling as emergency shelters, struggling to reopen, or still assessing damage following the superstorm that slammed the Mid-Atlantic states.
A state-by-state report concludes that Hawaii has the strongest teachers' union, and Arizona has the weakest.
Work with teachers and students in Halifax County, Va., has focused on making college-level courses a hot ticket.
After amassing $24 million in its first go-round, a national coalition opens a second "innovation fund" to recruit and train STEM educators.
Best of the Blogs
A public-private model for early learning is generating national interest—and some high hopes.
Educators say the Internet and digital tools are helping improve students' research habits, but hurting their attention spans, according to two surveys.
Cases argued at the U.S. Supreme Court, while not directly school-related, could affect use of drug-sniffing dogs to fight student drug abuse.
Policy Brief
Participating districts would gain more flexibility on such core issues as curriculum, instruction, funding, and school scheduling.
Jack Gillette of Lesley University suggests that higher education should reinvent post-licensure programs to help close the gap in teacher development.
Allowing carefully chosen brands in public schools would help schools today and the economy in years to come, Mickey Freeman writes.
Schools need to do more to encourage athletic participation by all students, Serge Caceres writes.
The long-term impact of a good education is multifaceted and powerful, Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney write.
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