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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.

November 11, 2015

A Primer on NAEP: How the National Test Fits Into the Assessment Landscape

Exactly what kind of test is NAEP? And where does it fit in with the dozens of other assessments and the purported overtesting phenomena that we've been hearing so much about?

October 28, 2015

Math NAEP Scores Drop for 4th and 8th Grades

U.S. 4th and 8th grade students are performing worse in math, and somewhat worse in reading, than they were two years ago, according to new data from a national test.

October 26, 2015

NAEP and Common-Core Math Show 'Reasonable' Overlap, Study Says

A new study looking at the relationship between the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the Common Core State Standards for mathematics finds that the national test falls short on assessing some of the common standards.

October 21, 2015

If Math and Reading NAEP Scores Fall, Who's to Blame?

The newest round of math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the "nation's report card," are due out early next week, and some are saying they're likely to have fallen.

October 20, 2015

At White House Astronomy Night, Obama Touts STEM Education (and Mars)

Several hundred "space buffs," including students, teachers, and astronauts, gathered on the White House's South Lawn for an evening of stargazing.

October 08, 2015

Q&A: Ed. Dept.'s Ted Mitchell Talks ESEA, Turnover, and Education Philanthropy

The U.S. Department of Education's undersecretary covered a range of topics in a one-on-one interview at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's recent learning forum.

September 25, 2015

Federal Peer-Review of Tests Begins Again

New, eagerly awaited guidance from the U.S. Department of Education says states will have to undergo review of their standards and tests within four to eight months.

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