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States Given a Reprieve on Ratings of Teachers

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on Thursday that states could delay the use of test results in teacher-performance ratings by another year, an acknowledgment, in effect, of the enormous pressures mounting on the nation’s teachers because of new academic standards and more rigorous standardized testing. Using language that evoked some of his fiercest critics, … Continue reading

Are iPads or Chromebooks better for schools?

For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning? It’s a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it. The devices came along at a time when many school … Continue reading

Three Articles on Education and Technology

FIRST: How to Break Into the Educational App Marketplace The way students prepare for tests is changing, thanks in part to a new digital industry still in its infancy: apps as study tools. The prevalence of smartphones and tablets on college campuses is no secret. A 2013 report by College Explorer found the average college … Continue reading

Higher Education Scrambles to Get Ready for the Common Core

In sterile, air-conditioned conference rooms across the state, educators will be gathering this summer to prepare for the new standards soon to be in place in most of the nation’s kindergartens through high schools called Common Core. But the people at these meetings won’t be primary- or secondary-school teachers. They’ll be university professors, planning changes … Continue reading

A Walmart Fortune, Spreading Charter Schools

DC Prep operates four charter schools here with 1,200 students in preschool through eighth grade. The schools, whose students are mostly poor and black, are among the highest performing in Washington. Last year, DC Prep’s flagship middle school earned the best test scores among local charter schools, far outperforming the average of the city’s traditional … Continue reading

Fewer Pupils Qualify for Gifted Programs

The numbers of children qualifying for seats in gifted programs in New York City public schools declined this year, the Education Department said on Friday, though they were still far higher than when citywide admissions testing began a few years ago. Of the 14,605 children tested this year for admission to gifted kindergarten classes in … Continue reading