Overall, states have made great progress in a short amount of time, but there have been bumps in the road, according to a report by the Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington.
The new U.S. Department of Education civil rights data collection show stark disparities among disadvantaged students in everything from discipline to advanced course-taking.
One month after approving a similar, though more limited, waiver for a district in Kansas, the U.S. Department of Education rejects a testing proposal from a South Carolina district.
In releasing the latest progress reports on the $4 billion Race to the Top contest, the U.S. Secretary of Education says Delaware, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Tennessee lead the pack.
Washington state may provide the U.S. Department of Education with its first test case of the fallout if a state loses its No Child Left Behind Act waiver.
Duncan urged state officials to be patient and to "overcommunicate" with the public during the transition to the new standards and new tests.
Even as most other states struggle with the lowest-performing "priority" and "focus" schools, Washington is one of the few that's meeting expectations in those areas.
The Child Care bill is one of the first bipartisan education measures to clear the chamber recently.
Pre-applications for development grants will be due April 14. More contest rules will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education later this spring.
Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the panel, are working to combine forces on a bill to bolster charter schools, sources say.