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March 27, 2015

GAO: A Third of TEACH Grants Convert to Loans. But Why?

The federal watchdog agency concludes the Education Department isn't doing enough to answer that question.

March 25, 2015

Education Department Pledges to Prioritize Needs of Language-Learners

The goal is to "look at English learners as a national asset and investment in contrast to thinking of English learners as a problem or challenge coming to our school districts," said Libia Gil, the head of the department's office of English-language acquisition.

March 24, 2015

New Report Offers State Leaders, Feds Advice to Improve ELL Education

The Education Commission of the States report lists proposed changes in five policy areas, including finance, educator quality, and parent engagement.

March 23, 2015

Federal Student-Data-Privacy Bill Delayed Following Criticism

A proposed bill that would establish a new baseline for federal involvement in protecting student-data privacy will undergo further revision before being formally introduced.

March 23, 2015

Duncan: Teacher Preparation Lacks Resources, Focus

The education secretary gave his own efforts to improve teacher preparation a "low grade" so far.

March 10, 2015

New Principles Aim to Guide Use, Protection of Student Data

More than 30 groups representing school officials and educational data-use proponents have signed on to new principles related to student data.

March 03, 2015

'Innovative' Principals Gather at U.S. Education Department

Eleven "highly innovative" principals told U.S. Education Department officials about leadership, dealing with state tests, and their efforts to go to scale.

February 27, 2015

Model 'Terms of Service' for Data Privacy Unveiled by Ed. Department

Federal officials have issued guidance to help districts review the merits of the "terms of service" on privacy issues offered by educational technology vendors.

February 23, 2015

Hawaii Granted Federal Testing Waiver for Language-Immersion Students

State Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi wanted relief from "double testing" that would allow students taking the field test to forego the English-only Smarter Balanced statewide assessment.

February 12, 2015

FERPA Update Sought as Part of Federal Student-Data-Privacy Protection Efforts

Modernization of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 was the focus of a U.S. House hearing Wednesday.

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