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July 08, 2013

Ed. Dept. Panel Says Test Consortia Need Sharper Focus on Accessibility

A federal technical review panel's first look at the two common core assessment consortia's work shows praise for some things, and strong cautions on others.

April 01, 2013

Common-Assessment Groups to Undergo New Federal Review Process

The review will focus on item and task development and on how the two testing consortia will validate assessment results.

September 25, 2012

U.S. Grant for STEM Ed. Targets Baltimore Elementary Schools

The NSF is awarding $7.4 million for a project to promote improved STEM education in nine Baltimore elementary schools.

September 19, 2012

Federal Grant to Bolster Kennedy Center Work in Arts Education

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $6.6 million to the Kennedy Center to expand arts education activities, including the integration of the arts across the curriculum.

August 20, 2012

NAEP Governing Board Gets New Members

The board will have four new members, including two scholars, a school board member, and the CEO of a Chicago foundation. Two current members, including Georgia's former GOP governor, will serve second terms.

July 18, 2012

Obama Aims to Develop STEM Master Teacher Corps

President Obama is looking to create a national master-teacher corps for the STEM disciplines.

July 13, 2012

Federal Aid for Literacy Programs Makes Comeback

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking applicants for a new 'innovative literacy' program, though in some ways it's not exactly new.

July 05, 2012

Coalition Seeks Federal Support for 'Comprehensive' Education

Amid concern that funding to promote academic disciplines beyond reading, mathematics, and science is getting squeezed out of the federal budget, more than two dozen education organizations are banding together in a new coalition to more effectively make their case to policymakers. Members of the n...

May 30, 2012

NCLB Waivers: More Time, New Goals, But Still: Those Tests!

States' winning applications for waivers from No Child Left Behind shift the goals and timelines of tests.

May 25, 2012

Uncle Sam Wants You to Help Shape New Math Initiative

A "Dear Colleague" letter from the National Science Foundation is seeking public input on a proposed $60 million initiative to improve math education.

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