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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 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 12, 2015

Some Key Education Programs Alive in NCLB Rewrite, But Dead in the Budget

The Senate's ESEA rewrite includes resources for early childhood education, innovation, and literacy, but its spending bills would nix those programs.

September 29, 2015

Civil Rights Groups: Beef Up Accountability in NCLB Rewrite

Civil rights groups are running radio ads aimed at lawmakers who may play a key role in rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act.

September 29, 2015

Education Groups to Congress: Please Do Your Job and Reauthorize ESEA

The two national teachers' unions and the group representing state schools chiefs are among those saying now's the time to complete an Elementary and Secondary Education Act rewrite.

September 25, 2015

Education Department Restarts Peer-Review of Tests

States that have adopted new tests, or made significant changes to their old ones, will have to undergo peer review by the U.S. Department of Education within the next four to eight months, according to department officials.

September 10, 2015

Education Researchers to Lawmakers: Don't Cut Funding for Key Programs

Education researchers are worried about proposed cuts to the Institute

September 10, 2015

Ed. Dept. Approves 16 State Teacher-Equity Plans, But Questions Remain

Right now, there seems to be no clear enforcement mechanism for making sure that the proposals are actually put into practice.

July 30, 2015

Conference Process to Rewrite ESEA Gets Underway

All the expected characters were at the table: Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., and Bobby Scott, D-Va.

July 28, 2015

Teacher-Turned-Congressman: Rep. Mark Takano's Take on ESEA Rewrite

Takano favors grade-span testing, supports the federal mandate that states and schools test 95 percent of students, and thinks accountability should be entirely left up to states.

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