A large-scale evaluation of the U.S. Department of Educations Ready to Learn initiative found that preschoolers taught with a literacy curriculum that included video clips from PBS shows made significant gains in literacy skills, such as naming letters and knowing the sounds associated with those letters.


Three centers would be supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education's top research division.


An evaluation of Striving Readers, the federal government's first reading program to focus on adolescents, shows a positive effect on student achievement at one of the sites that implemented Read 180.


Students are A) taking tougher math classes in high school and B) getting better grades. But test scores show that their achievement is not increasing, a former top ed official says.


Brenda Dann-Messier is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary for vocational and adult education. How will the Obama administration's position on voc-ed shift from that of the last administration?


"School newcomer centers," which train English-language-learners, are placing an increasing emphasis on academic content, such as algebra, a survey finds.


The Corporation for National and Community Service and a number of nonprofit organizations launched this week the third annual national "learn and serve challenge," a 9-month effort aimed to support youths to learn academics at the same time that they are serving other people.


President Obama talks science, and star-gazing, at the White House.


A pair of white papers issued by the National Academy of Education weigh in on topics of major interest to state and federal policymakers.


4-H steps its efforts to promote STEM through its network of programs around the country.


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