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October 26, 2016

Race to the Top's Impact on Student Achievement, State Policy Unclear, Report Says

There's no hard-and-fast evidence that Race to the Top, Obama administration's $4 billion, signature K-12 initiative had a long-term impact on student achievement or state policy, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education's research arm.

October 17, 2016

Graduation Rate Hits Record High of 83.2 Percent: Should Obama Take Credit?

High school graduation rates inched up for the fourth year in a row, by nearly one percentage point in the 2014-15 school year, the Obama administration announced Monday.

October 12, 2016

Test Scores Get Less Emphasis in Final Federal Teacher-Preparation Rules

The U.S. Department of Education today released its long-awaited final rules on teacher preparation. The rules, first proposed in 2014, aim to hold teacher-training programs accountable for the performance of their graduates.

September 07, 2016

Throwback: When a New Administration Tried to Dismantle the Ed. Dept.

Thirty-five years ago this week, in its very first issue, Education Week published details of a memo written by the Education Secretary taking aim at the department itself.

July 08, 2016

Corrections Spending Grows at Triple the Rate of School Funding, Ed. Dept. Reports

"We need to invest more in prevention than in punishment, to invest more in schools, not prisons," states U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

May 16, 2016

Education Department's Transgender Guidance: Congress, K-12 Leaders React

Democrats and some education advocates said the guidance provides important protection for transgender students, while Republicans and others call it an inappropriate federal intrusion into education.

May 02, 2016

North Carolina Non-Profit and i3 Grantee Closes its Doors

North Carolina New Schools was the first i3 grantee to go from the "validation" level—for programs with some evidence to back them up—to the Scale Up, for proven approaches ready to go big.

April 07, 2016

Obama Announces Three Assistant Secretary Nominations for the Ed. Dept.

Obama announced that he plans to nominate Matthew Lehrich, Amy McIntosh, and Ann Whalen to be assistant secretaries helping to run various areas of the Education Department.

April 06, 2016

Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin Leaving the Education Dept.

Yudin has been with the Education Department since 2010 in a variety of capacities. He became acting secretary of the office of special education and rehabilitative services, or OSERS, in August 2012, and was officially confirmed in that position in June 2015.

April 01, 2016

Education Dept. Seeks More Input for Online Teacher-Prep Program Regs

Although the reopened comment period is limited only to this specific issue, it would seem to further delay the final regulations, which were due out last December.

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