Eight districts that educate 1 million students get unprecedented flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act to implement their own accountability system separate from California's.
Budget cuts have led to cutbacks in several tests in the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin will split $89 million in additional Race to the Top funding to help improve early-childhood education.
In a 30-minute, wide-ranging interview, the Education Secretary didn't seem worried about any bigger implications from Indiana's grade-changing scandal.
In an interview with Education Week, the U.S. Secretary of Education said he "desperately" hopes the state can find a new chief who will "stay the course."
Reaction to the looming resignation of Florida's schools chief in the wake of a grade-changing scandal ranges from "freakin tragedy" to "this whole story is terrible."
How aggressive will the U.S. Department of Education be in monitoring state grading systems, which are central to its No Child Left Behind waiver program.
The U.S. House is expected to vote today on a bill that would initially lower interest rates on student loans and tie future rates to the market.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in an interview that he plans to be "extraordinarily vocal" on sequestration as budget fights heat up.
Districts will vie for individual federal awards of up to $40 million; applications are due to the U.S. Department of Education by Oct. 3.