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June 23, 2019

Your Guide to Education in the Democratic Debate: Charter Schools, Teacher Pay, and Betsy DeVos

On the campaign trail, Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination have tackled issues like lunch shaming, school funding, and gun violence. What issues are most likely to surface in the first debate?

January 31, 2019

Ex-Obama Adviser Who Championed Teacher Evaluations to Seek Senate Seat

Can a Democrat with a record of tying test scores to teacher evaluations win a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado? Mike Johnston, a former Obama campaign adviser, wants to find out.

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.

November 18, 2015

Education Department Approves Nine More States' Teacher-Equity Plans

The plans touch on issues ranging from teacher preparation to student-loan forgiveness, but questions remain on state implementation and U.S. Department of Education oversight.

November 12, 2015

What the Ed. Dept.'s New Race to the Top Report Reveals, and What It Avoids

The Education Department says all states in the competitive-grant program made progress toward their goals, but makes little mention of areas where they stumbled or backtracked.

October 30, 2015

Could Washington State Get Its NCLB Waiver Back?

It's hard to imagine that Washington State—which is back under NCLB and not loving it—isn't feeling a little sore these days.

September 18, 2015

Teacher Evaluations at Center of South Dakota's Appeal of NCLB-Waiver Status

South Dakota and the U.S. Department of Education are disagreeing about the state's educator evaluation plans and what they should mean for its NCLB waiver.

July 24, 2015

New GAO Report: Teacher Prep Programs Lack Performance Data

Seven states ignored the federal higher education law's requirement to identify "at risk" and "low performing" teacher programs, some of them blatantly.

February 23, 2015

What Does Arne Duncan Want in an NCLB Rewrite?

Duncan is worried about the impact of funding provisions, and a lack of investment in teacher quality, pre-kindergarten programs, and initiatives like Investing in Innovation.

January 08, 2015

Will the GOP Roll Back Top Obama Priorities in Rewriting NCLB?

As Congress gears up to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, the administration may well lose a lot of the ground it's gained on teacher evaluation, school turnarounds, and assessments.

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