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From the start, the writers of the Next Generation Science Standards sought to keep in mind the needs of students who are historically underrepresented in advanced science classes.
The growing use of open educational resources is leading publishers to blend free materials into their products and services.
The accrediting body for teacher education is poised to adopt standards that set a higher entry bar and require the use of value-added measures.
Some welcome the chance for more time to begin using new teacher-evaluation systems, while others say they're already on track.
Action Camp 2.0 mobilizes students and community activists to take a stand on get-tough school discipline.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
PARCC gets permission to take until 2016 to finish three elements so it can meet the federal deadline for the summative portions.
The PARCC consortium outlines supports to be offered English-learners and students with disabilities on common-core-aligned assessments.
The National Council on Teacher Quality says most of the reviewed programs are weak, but critics find fault with the project's methods.
District leaders share their views on common standards, budget cuts, staff development, and other key education issues in these first results from a new ongoing survey.
Out-of-school and extracurricular activities are picking up some of the demand for teaching students history.
Researchers are finding that everyone benefits in preschool classes where children with autism spectrum disorders and their typically developing classmates are taught to work and play together.
A network of schools helps students with emotional and behavioral issues build "soft skills" through job placement.
A long-awaited White House guide suggests that school staff can try to fight back when there's no other choice.
The long-term trends report sheds light on test-score improvements for minorities and changes in the achievement gap.
Six municipalities are still trying to break off from the merged system, which became official on July 1.
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Proposals in Congress highlight lingering disagreements over whether computer-adaptive assessments should include questions above and below a student's grade level.
In its final rules, the USDA is limiting the fat, salt, sugar, and calories in snacks and vending-machine foods sold in schools.
The Office of Civil Rights wants to add more questions about bullying and discipline to its next school data collection.
Just eliminating suspensions and expulsions is not a workable solution to school discipline problems, argues one group of educators.
Tensions remain as Maryland education officials and unionized teachers sort out differences on how evaluations will affect personnel decisions.
The U.S. Supreme Court's just-finished term included two major decisions affecting how race plays out in the nation's school districts.
Policy Brief
Congress is urged to act after failing to stave off the doubling of federally subsidized student-loan rates to 6.8 percent July 1.
The dean of the graduate school of education at Lesley University offers his response to the first-ever ranking of teacher education programs.
Creating a state-based education R&D system would boost research-driven reform, Arthur D. Sheekey writes.
Looking at what the research says about the most effective school districts could lead to a better education system for all, writes Greg Anrig.
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