Unless you've been napping for the last few years, you know that the college agenda is casting a huge shadow over the education policy landscape, with lots of ruminating about preparation, access, success, and completion. Onto that landscape comes a new report that certificates—not associate degrees, and not bachelor's degrees—are the fastest-growing type of postsecondary credential in the United States. Not only are they affordable and typically much quicker to get than two- or four-year degrees, they can be a steppingstone to higher degrees and can "often" yield nice financial returns, according to the Georgetown Center on Education...

The leader of one of the groups that drove the common-standards initiative steps down.

A forthcoming book finds that U.S. classrooms are providing unequal access to math and science content, suggesting it's not simply an issue that places low-income and minority students at a disadvantage, but that the variations exist for students of all backgrounds. In fact, the two authors found the widest differences among schools that serve middle-class families. "The data presented in this book strongly suggest that educational inequalities pose a risk to every child," write co-authors William Schmidt, an education professor at Michigan State University, and Curtis McKnight, a professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma. "Variation in content coverage ...

Recent data point to an achievement gap in STEM based on gender in the United States, as seen in results from the Advanced Placement program, NAEP, and international tests.

The new education leader of the National Governors Association sees the organization's role as helping governors build the support they need to implement the changes necessary on many fronts to make the common core a success.

McGraw-Hill has named a new leader for its educational division, which soon will become a separate company.

Education Week's annual Diplomas Count report finds the U.S. high school graduation rate at the highest level since the late 1970s, driven in large part by gains among Latino students.

Three years before the common assessments are fully operational and rolled out, we see ripples from the common standards affecting assessment. Take as one example the many questions hovering about students with disabilities. As my colleague Nirvi Shah reports, the path to assessing such students is full of challenges. We've written a lot here about the two consortia that are designing tests for the common standards, and the target population for those tests includes some students with disabilities. But as Nirvi reminds us, two additional consortia are working on tests for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. All four ...

An advocacy coalition argues that the first draft of common science standards gives short shrift to computer science education.

The ACLU is calling on some school districts to halt their use of single-sex classrooms, suggesting the programs may be violating state and federal laws.

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