| Oct 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Diane Ravitch is all the rage in education circles these days, but rage, unfortunately, is what's she's selling. There are many reasons why, despite decades of efforts, U.S. public schools continue to fail, especially for low-income and minority children....
| 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...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 5:00 PM
Maryland saw a dramatic decrease in the number of its elementary schools that received the highest rating for academic progress under a tough new school ranking system, according to results the state released Tuesday.
Only 47 of the state's 892...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 10:18 PM
The nation's top education official threatened Monday to withhold federal funds if California lawmakers approved pending legislation to revamp the state's standardized testing system.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the warning as AB...
| 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...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:33 PM
The California Assembly on Wednesday easily approved an overhaul of the state's student testing system in which schools and parents would not receive test scores for at least a year.
The vote of 51 to 22 was largely along party lines, with Democrats...
| Sep 13, 2013
Re "School testing measure advances," Sept. 11
Any California official who thought participation in the national Common Core standards would be voluntary ought to know better now.
Democratic lawmakers, Gov. Jerry Brown and the teachers unions are...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 10:40 AM
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan toned down his recent criticism of California in an interview with The Times, calling his previous threat to withhold federal funding from the state over a new plan to test students a "last resort."
"We want to be...
| Sep 16, 2013
When it comes to education policy, California and the Obama administration have gotten along about as well as the Clantons and the Earp brothers. They've clashed over teacher evaluations, Race to the Top grants, you name it. Now, the switch to the new...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:08 AM
Maryland wants to continue annual assessments of students this year at a cost of about $6 million, even though the scores wouldn't be used to gauge school progress — one of the main reasons for giving the tests.
State officials, in plans to be...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 8:00 PM
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