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July 11, 2014

High School Equity Advocates Express Concerns About NCLB Waivers

The U.S. Department of Education's process for holding state's feet to the fire on the promises they made in their applications hasn't been transparent, advocates say.

July 10, 2014

Bitter Feud Boils Over in Indiana Regarding State's Shaky NCLB Waiver

A resolution from a state board member regarding Indiana's NCLB waiver started an angry argument between the state superintendent and some board members.

July 09, 2014

Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments

Last spring, while millions of American students were bubbling in answers to multiple-choice questions on the ubiquitous tests that determine school and teacher ratings, student promotions, graduation, and college admissions, some students were meeting a higher standard. At the Urban Academy, a second chance high school in New York City that is part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, Gemma Venuti completed the set of research papers that were part of her graduation portfolio — and defended them before a committee of teachers, students, and experts from outside the school.

July 07, 2014

Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy

States will be required to submit new plans to address teacher distribution by April of 2015, or just a few months before the department likely will begin to consider states' requests to renew their waivers from the NCLB law.

July 01, 2014

Waiverless Washington State Wants Out of Key NCLB Requirement

Randy Dorn, Washington's state chief, doesn't think schools that miss achievement targets should have to notify parents.

June 11, 2014

Study Disputes Conventional Wisdom on NCLB's Impact on Teacher Morale

A study finds that teachers reported having more classroom autonomy and more support from peers and administrators after the 2002 law took effect.

June 10, 2014

NCLB Not So Negative for Teachers, Study Says

A new study finds that NCLB has had a limited influence on teachers' perceptions of their jobs.

June 05, 2014

High School Music, NCLB Mainly Exist in Harmony, Study Finds

Average high school music enrollment rates have remained flat for about three decades but have declined for Hispanics, special education students, and English-learners since NCLB became law, a new study finds.

June 03, 2014

What Should Federal Involvement Look Like?

What is the appropriate level of federal involvement? What can the Department of Education bring to the table that state and local actors can't? When does federal involvement become problematic?

May 26, 2014

Analysis Offers Insights Into Tapping Parent Power to Increase Achievement

A new study finds that certain types of parent involvement may make more of a difference than others when it comes to schools' efforts to make Adequate Yearly Progress toward improving their test scores under No Child Left Behind.

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