NCLB waivers and Race to the Top look at outcomes, like a teachers' ability to improve test scores; a new strategy aims mostly at inputs, like years of experience.
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July 22, 2014
July 17, 2014
It's 1981, and Education Week obtains a top-secret memo by President Ronald Reagan's education secretary saying the U.S. Department of Education should be abolished and its functions reassigned to other federal agencies.
July 10, 2014
If Seattle gets the go-ahead from Duncan, it would be the first individual district in the country to get its very own waiver.
July 08, 2014
What if you got a chance to tell Obama and Duncan where you think the nation is going wrong, and right, when it comes to K-12 policy?
July 07, 2014
States will be required to submit new plans to address teacher distribution by April of 2015, or just a few months before the department likely will begin to consider states' requests to renew their waivers from the NCLB law.
June 30, 2014
An Education Week analysis of recent federal monitoring reports finds that many states were hard-pressed to turn around the bottom 5 percent of schools and help schools with persistent achievement gaps.
June 25, 2014
A U.S. Education Department official overseeing the process tells state assessment officials to expect the initial draft this summer, and the final in the winter, after more input and public comment.
June 23, 2014
Want to know what areas the Education Department will be paying special attention to when it doles out increasingly scarce federal grant money?
June 18, 2014
From state assessments and school turnarounds to teacher equity, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and company won't get much time to kick back and work on their tans.
June 16, 2014
The big news last week was the Vergara verdict and its implications for teacher policy.