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To improve the student-teaching experience, teacher education programs are taking more care in picking and guiding "cooperating" teachers.
The Smarter Balanced consortium will present only one performance task each in math and literacy, in addition to multiple-choice and other items.
The education secretary aims to tackle teacher and principal quality in President Obama's second term—and maintain momentum from his first.
A study finds that 71 percent of superintendents in California's biggest districts leave within three years.
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Researchers say children in the four largest federal housing-aid programs rarely end up with access to better schools.
Universities and districts are increasingly basing principal training in the schools where leaders will end up working.
Testing costs for the states amount to $65 per student on average nationwide, according to the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy.
The networks, soon to be in four states, are guided by such "essentials" as the arts, teacher collaboration, and experiential learning.
The pact approved in Newark, N.J., sets up a dual salary schedule and ensures teacher involvement in evaluations.
Education companies market directly to teachers to influence district purchasing decisions.
Some states are enacting policies that give teachers a bigger role in what products and materials they use in the classroom.
Online resources now dominate the college-admissions process, but disadvantaged students often lack the hardware or the know-how to navigate them.
The shift in priorities from putting hardware and software in place to figuring out how data are used by actual people is a theme highlighted in a recent Data Quality Campaign report.
Delaware and Utah are funding foreign-language instruction at the elementary level in hopes of fostering achievement and economic growth.
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A pair of bills would take aim at the state's school finance model and push a statewide "reform district."
Policy Brief
College access and immigration are among the topics that may rise on the to-do list for the president and Congress.
For the first time, 47 states and the District of Columbia used a common yardstick to measure high school graduation rates.
After much debate, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, backs off on formal common-core opposition.
Two-thirds of schools that tapped into a new infusion of School Improvement Grant cash made first-year math and reading gains, but a third saw achievement drop.
Helping teachers work together will be essential to the success of the common core, say Vicki Phillips and Robert Hughes.
Raising student expectations could help smooth the tough road ahead for standards implementation, writes Rick Dalton.
Without full-day kindergarten, many students will be at a disadvantage in the common-core era, Laura Bornfreund writes.
Schools should be redesigned to align with the needs of students in light of the new standards, Ronald A. Wolk writes.
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