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Some 78 percent of the class of 2010 got a high school diploma, says a new federal report, while the dropout rate fell to 3.4 percent.
In Washington state, an array of state agencies and organizations combine efforts to ensure young children overcome difficulties and develop the skills they need for school success.
Teachers' understanding varies over how to balance fiction and nonfiction to meet the English/language arts standards.
Hot issues, such as evolution and climate change, as well as legislative mandates and logistics of the process, could waylay approval.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
A second round of preschool grantees will have to compete for federal grants some have managed for decades.
Some districts are closing schools in response to high rates of flu-related absenteeism.
The push to improve college and career readiness is increasing the pressure on schools to build partnerships with businesses.
New York City and Virginia initiatives aim to bridge the gap between what products and services schools need and what companies are providing.
The decision to hire John E. Chubb stirs heated reaction from some members of the National Association of Independent Schools.
New opportunities are opening for education companies as schools implement the common-core standards and prepare for the rollout of related online assessments.
Best of the Blogs
A Seattle program works with parents of young children to strengthen skills they both need to be successful.
The federal agency hopes to build on the Investing in Innovation, or i3, program in its push to make evidence and research more important in awarding competitive grants.
Policy Brief
Two Republicans ascend to key education roles as the 113th Congress kicks off in earnest.
State of the States
President Barack Obama touched on education issues and schools in his Jan. 21 Inaugural Address in Washington.
How can schools serve students who struggle with mental-health disorders, Laura C. Murray asks.
Making sure that all students have Internet access, at home and in school, is crucial, writes Helen Brunner.
For many students, history is not presented as an edifying learning experience but rather a litany of disconnected events, writes Vicky Schippers.
Serving the mental-health needs of children and regularly practicing comprehensive campus-safety plans are better options for protecting schools than the use of guns, writes Charles J. Russo.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the California Endowment, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the GE Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and an anonymous funder. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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