| Nov 14, 2013
How do you measure school quality?
For the last decade, the answer has been informed by a single set of data: standardized test scores. Now there is a chance to change that. Although Congress remains unwilling to overhaul No Child Left Behind, with...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:32 PM
California lawmakers pushed ahead Tuesday with a new state testing plan despite a threat by the Obama administration to withhold federal education funds unless substantial changes were made.
The state Senate approved the overhaul on a 25-7 vote, with...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 9:28 AM
It's not time to panic quite yet over Maryland's plummeting elementary and middle school assessment scores. To be sure, they're not good, showing widespread declines in performance for the first time in years. But the declines are so systemic and sudden...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 12:31 PM
The release of the Maryland School Assessment results — anticipated early next week — will surely send a ripple of shock to parents across the state. Educators are bracing for dips in math performance. At first glance, the scores will appear...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 5:43 AM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — On a warm spring evening, hundreds of investment bankers, venture capitalists and geeky tech entrepreneurs gathered near the pool at the Phoenician, a luxury resort outside Phoenix, for a high-profile gathering of...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 4:25 PM
L.A. Unified and seven other California school districts on Tuesday won relief from some strict and costly provisions of federal education law.
They are the first school systems in the country to receive, on their own, a waiver from the No Child Left...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 1:41 PM
Students in New York state did far worse on reading and math tests this year when they tackled new exams aligned to the new Common Core standards, officials announced today. The Daily News reported that the percentage of New York City students scoring...
| Mar 24, 2013
Think the automatic budget cuts Congress ordered at the beginning of March — the so-called sequester — haven't caused any pain yet?
Judging from the squeals we're hearing from members of Congress whose districts are threatened...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 7:44 PM
Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn't taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning.
The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 4:28 PM
Nazareth Area Middle School and Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem have been recognized as a federal Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. The award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 10:14 AM
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- President Obama began a two-day bus tour here by laying out new proposals to address what he called a “crisis” of college affordability, including a new rating system that would reward universities that provide better value...