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June 23, 2016

Will ESSA Make It Harder for Low-Income Students to Pay Advanced Placement Fees?

A change to the federal AP/IB program under the Every Student Succeeds Act means states and districts will need to think hard about continuing to cover low-income students' testing fees.

June 20, 2016

Education Secretary King Calls on Schools to Build 'Maker Spaces'

U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. called on schools to help foster "making"—or hands-on creating, building, and tinkering—by giving students space for that sort of innovation.

May 20, 2016

Obama Asks Kids for Ideas on Improving STEM Education

At a 9-year-old's request, the president is asking kids for their ideas on what they think is important in science, technology, engineering, and math education.

May 13, 2016

Teaching Reading Via Background Knowledge: Will ESSA Shift Tactics?

At a panel discussion in Washington, reading and policy experts came together to discuss how states can use their new flexibility under ESSA to begin to increase students' reading achievement.

April 27, 2016

Low Performers Show Big Declines on 12th Grade NAEP Test

Much like their 4th and 8th grade peers, high school seniors have lost ground in math over the last two years, according to the most recent scores on a national achievement test.

March 01, 2016

Obama Effort Brings Students to Federal Science Labs

The White House launched a new effort to expose K-12 students to what happens in the nation's federal science labs, in the hopes of sparking more interest in STEM careers.

January 30, 2016

President Obama Announces 'Computer Science for All' Initiative

Today, the White House announced what it's calling an "ambitious, all-hands-on deck" initiative to get every student in the United States coding.

December 16, 2015

Literacy and Arts Programs See Boost Under Federal Budget Deal

Congress released a budget deal that would give several literacy programs an increase in funding, and keep funding for STEM partnerships and Advanced Placement steady.

December 09, 2015

How Literacy Programs and School Libraries Fare Under the New Federal Bill

A look at the literacy provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act illustrates just how differently the federal government sees its role in reading instruction than it did 14 years ago.

November 25, 2015

Fiction No Longer Dominating Reading Instruction, NAEP Analysis Shows

A researcher says there's evidence that the common core has affected 4th and 8th graders in at least one measurable way: It's got them reading more nonfiction.

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