Education Secretary Arne Duncan urges literacy campaign funders to help drive administration policy on early learning, chronic absenteeism, summer learning loss, and other issues that detract from building good reading skills.
The drop in exposure to arts education is most severe for Hispanics and African Americans.
A new report outlines federal funding sources for literacy programs aimed at children birth through 8.
Writers and reports provoke interesting debate about formative assessment, 21st century skills and college-admissions tests.
The AFT presses for shared curriculum linked to the common standards.
The National PTA creates guidance for parents on the new common standards.
Only 4 percent of 4th graders in the Cleveland and Detroit school systems were deemed "proficient" in science.
The American Federation of Teachers wades into the question of how curriculum should be developed for the common standards.
The new PISA exam will focus on such matters as planning and managing financies, dealing with credit cards, and consumer rights.
President Obama has threatened to veto the bill as approved on a largely party-line vote in the House.