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August 15, 2014

Friday Reading List: Common Core Readiness, School Turnarounds, and Parent Trigger

Are teachers ready for Common Core? What happens to the "reform" movement without Michelle Rhee heading up StudentsFirst? Dig into these questions in the Friday Reading List.

August 07, 2014

Reading List: Teacher Tenure, Extended Learning Time, and Early Ed.

August is a great time to take a deep dive into Head Start, extended learning time, and peer-reviewed assessments.

August 05, 2014

Education Department Nominees Stuck Waiting for Congressional Confirmation

Congress left town for its August recess last week without filling a number of key positions at the U.S. Department of Education. That means some folks are stuck with "acting" at the start of their title, and other positions are just plain vacant.

July 22, 2014

Is There a Mismatch Between Ed. Dept.'s Teacher-Equity Plans and NCLB Waivers?

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.

July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Abolish Education Department, Secret Federal Report Urges

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

Seattle Wants Its Own No Child Left Behind Waiver

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

President Obama Asks Teachers for Help With Ed. Policy. What Did They Tell Him?

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

Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy

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

NCLB Waiver States Struggle to Turn Around Low-Performing Schools

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

Ed. Dept. Expected to Release Draft Criteria for State Tests This Summer

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.

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