Nearly Half of States Opted to Hit Accountability Snooze Button

For those states, results from tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards won't have an effect on school ratings, at least for the school year that just ended.


White House Seeks HQT Extension for Teachers in Training

The Obama administration wants the so-called loophole in the federal HQT rules to be extended to ensure that alternative certification programs continue to supply teachers.


Presidential Contenders' Websites Skimpy on K-12 Policy

Want to know where the major presidential candidates stand on K-12 education? Don't go to their campaign websites.


Former Sen. Mary Landrieu: Charters Increased Equity In New Orleans Schools

For the Louisiana Democrat, the most important story in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is the enhanced equity in the New Orleans' education system.


Education Department Makes Changes to Testing of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education has taken a politically symbolic step: It's officially said that states can offer alternate assessments only to the 1 percent of students who have severe cognitive disabilities.


Department of Education Won't Punish N.Y. for High Opt-Outs, Report Says

Federal law requires each school to test at least 95 percent of its students or else the district or state could face sanctions.


NCLB Waivers Renewed for Four States; South Dakota's Put on 'High Risk'

Unlike last week's renewals, in which each state locked in generous three-year waiver extensions, this round of states secured only a one-year renewal.


GOP Presidential Candidates Dive Deep Into Education Policy at Online Event

A half-dozen White House hopefuls talked common core, teachers' unions, and the federal role in K-12 at a New Hampshire event. Here's an issue-by-issue roundup.


Save the Children Spends Millions to Make Early Ed Campaign Issue

Save the Children, one of the oldest child-welfare organizations in the country, created a political action arm last year specifically to make early-childhood education a top issues among all candidates for the 2016 presidential campaign.


As Budget Battle Looms, Education Department Warns Against Early-Ed. Cuts

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan blasted the Republicans' decision to slash the administration's Preschool Development Grant program, arguing it would pull funds away from states in the last two years of the grant.


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