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November 12, 2015

What the Ed. Dept.'s New Race to the Top Report Reveals, and What It Avoids

The Education Department says all states in the competitive-grant program made progress toward their goals, but makes little mention of areas where they stumbled or backtracked.

November 12, 2015

New SIG Data Serve Up Same Old Conclusion: Mixed Results

The latest Education Department report on the federal School Improvement Grant program paints an uneven picture of SIG's impact, just as Congress is about to decide its fate.

November 10, 2015

Arne Duncan Touts Study Showing 25 Percent Dip in Number of Drop-Outs

"Progress Is No Accident: Why ESEA Can't Backtrack on High School Graduation Rates" also reports that the number of high school "dropout factories" has also declined significantly in recent years.

October 29, 2015

Open-Ed Resources Get Attention in Proposed Ed. Dept. Regulation

Any educational resources created with federal grants would have to be openly licensed under a proposed regulation.

October 29, 2015

CAP Report: Congress Shouldn't Forget 'Subgroup' Students in ESEA Renewal

Some of the biggest achievement gaps are found in schools that are performing well otherwise, a CAP analysis finds.

October 27, 2015

Fact-Checking Arne Duncan: Do Higher Grad Rates Mean His Policies Helped?

Do higher graduation rates mean that the Obama administration's K-12 policies when it comes to school turnarounds and accountability are on the right track, as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has claimed?

October 26, 2015

Arne Duncan, John King: Don't Cap Testing at the Expense of Testing Quality

"Everybody has had a hand in what our current testing system looks like—this situation was not created by just one entity," said Michael Casserly, the executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools.

October 24, 2015

Too Much Testing? Ed. Dept. Outlines Steps to Help States and Districts Cut Back

The U.S. Department of Education has released some general principles for states and districts to help them figure out how to cut back on assessments and ensure that they're used to drive instruction.

October 22, 2015

U.S. Department of Education Approves More State Teacher-Distribution Plans

The states are: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

October 19, 2015

Arne Duncan, John King Talk Higher Graduation Rates, ESEA, and Testing

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a piece of good news to announce on his way out the door: High school graduation rates appear to be on track to rise for the third year in a row.

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