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March 16, 2017

Proposed Cuts to National Endowments and Libraries Raise Concerns for Education

This is the first time a president has proposed eliminating the arts and humanities endowments, both of which support educational activities.

March 02, 2017

Website Rates Reading and Math Programs Based on ESSA Criteria

A new website geared toward school administrators rates instructional programs for K-12 reading and math based on the effectiveness criteria laid out in the new federal education law.

September 14, 2016

Obama Administration Continues Push for Computer Science Education

With its eight years in the White House rolling to a close, the Obama administration is continuing to beat the drum on improving K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math education—with particular attention to computer science.

August 11, 2016

Testing Opt-Out Advocates Are White, Well-Educated, and Well-Off, Survey Says

Those involved in the opt-out movement said they were strongly motivated by opposition to test-based teacher evaluations and the private sector's influence in schools, the survey reported.

August 05, 2016

U.S. Ed. Department Pushes Summer Reading With #ReadWhereYouAre

The U.S. Department of Education is asking people to share photos of themselves reading as part of its #ReadWhereYouAre campaign.

July 29, 2016

Math Teaching: What We've Learned From Research Over a Decade

A new paper lists 28 ways federally funded research has changed what we know about how to teach whole numbers, fractions, algebra, and other math topics.

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.

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