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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.

October 30, 2015

Pell Grants for High School Students? U.S. Dept. of Education Is Going to Try It

The administration is planning to create a $20 million pilot program that would allow high schoolers to use Pell grants to pay for college courses.

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 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 23, 2015

Former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings to Lead N.C. University System

As president, Spellings will oversee 17 campuses in the system that serves more than 220,000 students. She currently works as the head of the George W. Bush Presidential CenteR.

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 22, 2015

Who is to Blame If NAEP Reading and Math Scores Fall?

The newest round of math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the "nation's report card," are due out early next week, and some are saying they're likely to have fallen.

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.

October 14, 2015

Ed. Dept. Doles Out New Grants for Learning 'Mindsets'

Three urban school districts, plus a network of charter schools, will split nearly $2 million in one-time grants aimed at helping students develop the kind of "mindsets" and skills that will help them learn.

October 08, 2015

Q&A: Ed. Dept.'s Ted Mitchell On ESEA, Turnover, and Education Philanthropy

The U.S. Department of Education's undersecretary covered a range of topics in a one-on-one interview at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's recent learning forum.

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