The school that the Chinese president is visiting serves as a hub for Mandarin language instruction in Chicago public schools.

Simplifying the financial aid process and supplying information earlier about college costs would boost students' chances of continuing on to higher education.

A roundup of recent news developments highlights actions by the Supreme Court, a library literacy initiative, among other things.

The event will explore how movies, TV programs and computer games can help young people learn about science and technology.

Lawmakers in Utah and New Hampshire want a say in common-standards adoption.

Lower-income parents benefit even more than their more-advantaged peers from knowing colleges' graduation rates.

The U.S. is not exactly a world leader in producing top-tier performers in math and science.

Artist-endowed foundations are reportedly growing in number and financial strength.

Mixed into the optimistic visions of the folks working on new assessments for the common standards are some more-skeptical strains. One recent example I've come across: a prediction from George Wood, the executive director of the Forum for Education and Democracy, that the new tests won't prove, in the end, to be all that different from the tests we've got now. An interesting aspect of Wood's essay is his description of the performance-based testing at his small Ohio high school: Take a look at what students there are doing in order to demonstrate their knowledge. Both of the main assessment ...

New guidance from the Department of Education warns states not to wander too far from their Race to the Top plans.

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