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October 10, 2014

Two States Ask the Education Department for Testing Flexibility, But Get Two Different Reponses

Massachusetts faces no consequences from its decision to let districts choose which test to give next spring, but when Colorado explored the possibility of doing the same, the U.S. Department of Education gave it no opening.

October 09, 2014

Ed. Dept.'s Plan for Remaking Turnaround Grants Not Flexible, Educators Say

The Obama administration's plan for revamping the School Improvement Grant program doesn't give states and districts enough flexibility in coming up with ways to turn around low-performing schools, advocates say.

October 07, 2014

Ed. Dept. Churn Brings New Faces to Key Initiatives

Many of the folks originally in charge of major initiatives, including Race to the Top, NCLB waivers, and School Improvement Grants, have left the building.

October 06, 2014

Education Department Opens Brand-New Office of State Support

There are a lot of moving boxes at the U.S. Department of Education, which just opened its new Office of State Support.

October 06, 2014

Where Do We Stand on NCLB? A Progress Report for Congress

The administration last week released an NCLB snap shot of sorts, looking at where states were during the 2011-12 school year.

October 03, 2014

Friday Reading List: Testing, Common Core, and Common Core Tests

Should we test students less often? Who is making money off of Common Core tests? What should states have to do to renew their waivers? For the answers, check out these good reads.

October 01, 2014

U.S. Deputy Ed. Secretary Jim Shelton to Step Down

Jim Shelton, No. 2 at the Education Department, prepares to step down from his post.

October 01, 2014

Arne Duncan: Schools Must Give Poor and Minority Students Equal Access to Resources

Duncan is putting school districts and states on notice that OCR can investigate those that aren't doing enough to ensure equal access on everything from high-quality facilities to Advanced Placement courses.

September 29, 2014

Which High School Reform Strategies Actually Work?

The U.S. Department of Education is hoping to survey 2,000 high schools to find out what works and what doesn't.

September 29, 2014

Arne Duncan's Summer To-Do List: What's Done? What's Next?

The Education Department still needs to tackle teacher preparation regulations and outline criteria for judging assessments.

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