The Obama administration will grant waivers to eight California school districts to free them from the requirements of No Child Left Behind, a precedent-setting move that creates a direct relationship between the federal government and local school systems.
News last week that Tony Bennett, the former Indiana superintendent of public instruction, quietly altered the state grade for a charter school founded by a campaign donor has raised questions about the validity of the trendy A-to-F grading system for schools used in more than a dozen states.
WASHINGTON - For more than a generation, educators and policymakers have been agonizing about America's achievement gap, the persistent chasm in academic performance between poor and privileged children.
WASHINGTON - A decade into the school accountability movement, pockets of resistance to standardized testing are sprouting up around the country, with parents and students opting out of the high-stakes tests used to evaluate schools and teachers.
WASHINGTON - A growing number of states are drawing a hard line in elementary school, requiring children to pass a reading test in third grade or be held back from fourth grade.
Reading scores on the SAT for the high school class of 2012 reached a four-decade low, putting a punctuation mark on a gradual decline in the ability of college-bound teens to read passages and answer questions about sentence structure, vocabulary and meaning on the college entrance exam.
A group of California parents has cleared a legal hurdle to become the first in the nation to take over a failing elementary school under a “parent trigger law,” a legal tool gaining popularity around the country.
WASHINGTON - The food and advertising industries have launched a
multi-pronged campaign to squash government efforts to create
voluntary nutritional guidelines for foods marketed to
The strained muscles that affect millions of American workers,
from white-collar professionals who spend hours at their computers
to poultry workers who process chickens, are proving to be painful
as well to the Obama administration.
WASHINGTON - As the Food and Drug Administration considers
whether to approve genetically modified salmon, one thing seems
certain: Shoppers staring at fillets in the seafood department will
find it tough to pick out the conventional fish from the one
created with genes from another species.
WASHINGTON — By a 3 to 1 margin, the House of Representatives
Friday approved a bill passed by the Senate this week that gives
the federal government sweeping new powers to regulate tobacco.