Missouri drops performance tasks and essay writing from its state exams, echoing a move Maryland made in 2002. Both raise questions for the state consortia designing new tests for the common standards.

Arts group says the data shows arts education to be in the "midst of a difficult storm."

And yet, student achievement in history was deemed "good or outstanding" in the majority of schools examined, according to the report by a government watchdog.

Two new Stanford studies about work that helps students raise grades and stay in school longer raise interesting questions for high school.

Three influential Republicans in the Texas legislature are criticizing recently revised state standards for social studies, raising the specter that the standards could be revisited.

The Georgia board of education allows school districts to decide how to approach mathematics.

NASA has recently developed a set of educational videos hosted by scientists and mathematicians.

Teachers in New York City learn new ways of gauging a text's complexity, and ways to teach discipline-specific reading strategies.

The GED will become available via computer in four states this spring.

The announcement comes as most federal aid for literacy at the Education Department was wiped out as part of a stopgap spending measure.


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