"A rushed effort to apply the assessments could punish teachers as they're trying new things," a Gates Foundation official wrote in announcing the group's new stance.


Even so, Oklahoma's decision to drop the Common Core State Standards was motivated by politics and not necessarily what's best for students, the U.S. Secretary of Education said.


Sen. Lamar Alexander sounds off on a Democratic student loan refinancing proposal and a series of executive actions to cap student loan interest rates.


The U.S. Department of Education may lack tools to evaluate an Obama administration competitive-grant program aimed at distressed communities, the investigative arm of Congress finds.


The U.S. Department of Education is launching a new, $75 million round of funding for GEAR UP, a competition aimed at increasing access to higher education for low-income students.


Lawmakers and lobbyists turn up the heat on the Federal Communication Commission, which has promised to revamp its E-Rate system before the start of the next school year.


The U.S. Department of Education uses a three-pronged approach to increase educational stability for children in the foster care system.


A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that sequestration cuts to Title I and Impact Aid forced some districts to reduce specialists, increase class sizes, reduce professional development, and delay technology upgrades.


Lauren Camera, who just wrapped up a Spencer Fellowship at Columbia University, will be joining the blog, and Education Week, starting on Monday.


A federal review of the California districts that won a waiver from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act shows delays and changes to major strategies for dealing with the lowest-achieving schools.


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