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by Andrew Ujifusa
December 3, 2015
At several points during the past year, U.S.
by Alyson Klein
December 2, 2015
Almost 14 years ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted by a huge, bipartisan margin to pass the No Child Left Behind Act, which put the federal government front and center when it came to how K-12 schools measured student performance and fixed struggling schools.
But on Wednesday, the House almost as overwhelmingly approved the Every Student Succeeds Act, 359 to 64.
by Natalie Wexler
December 2, 2015 
This week Mayor Muriel Bowser and other DC officials released long-awaited results for grades three through eight from the Common Core-aligned tests given last spring. As expected, scores were far lower than on the old tests, especially for low-income and minority students. But that doesn’t necessarily mean DC schools are on the wrong track.
Proficiency rates on DC’s old standardized reading and math tests hovered around 50 percent.
by Sean Cavanagh
December 1, 2015
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, today pledged to donate 99 percent of their company shares—currently valued at $45 billion—to support efforts to improve public health, education and communities.
A portion of that money will go into backing the popular, if often vaguely defined, goal of promoting "personalized learning" opportunities for students.
Zuckerberg and Chan announced their intentions in
by Ben Champa
December 1, 2015
At some DC Public Schools (DCPS), the programs that prepare kids for kindergarten by teaching pre-literacy and math skills, like learning the alphabet and counting, are in such demand that many neighborhood residents are unable to enroll their children.
By Michael Alison Chandler
November 30, 2015
Just 4 percent of special education students in the District in grades 3 through 8 scored proficient on new standardized tests, according to results released Monday by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
by Martin Austermuhle
November 20, 2015
When I first sat down with Kaya Henderson last week to talk about her five-year anniversary as chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS), I started with a relatively simply question: As a school leader charged with reforming a school system that had long failed its students, what did she wish she knew then that she knows now?
"Oh gosh, that’s a good question. Hmm.
By Michael Alison Chandler
November 19, 2015
The District’s State Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday night directing the city’s top education official to draft regulations that would allow students who pass the GED exam to receive a high school diploma.
Board members said they hope that offering those who pass the high school equivalency test a diploma, rather than a certificate, would lessen the stigma for those who earn a GED and remove barriers to employment for some of the th
by Michael Alison Chandler
November 19, 2015
DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson made new investments in the city’s high schools this year to add a variety of new elective and advanced courses, an effort aimed at filling out sparse offerings and adding a measure of equity to the city’s schools.
The $13 million investment brought back such high school staples as marching band and choir to some schools that, because of low enrollments and a focus on remediation, have cut back in recent yea
by Moriah Balingit, Peter Hermann and Aaron C.
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