Over the course of the last century the number of public school districts in the Untied States dropped from 117,108 in 1939 to just 13,629 in 2009, a decrease of nearly 90 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Proponents of district consolidation most often cite cost savings associated with economies of scale as the driving factor. But does consolidating districts save money? And what happens to any savings when you add educational technology into the mix?
This global assessment measures how well 15-year-olds do when solving real-world problems in math, reading, and science. Says Ed Secretary Duncan: The results must serve as a "wake-up call."
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A new public awareness campaign conceived by the TEACH coalition and the Ad Council has been launched to encourage top students to consider a career in education.
Student achievement in math and reading has improved at schools that received School Improvement Grants, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.
The School Superintendents Association has released a new report, Unequal Pain: Federal Public Education Revenues, Federal Education Cuts and the Impact on Public Schools, that examines revenues for every district in the United States and urges Congress to end sequestration and end debate over federal funding of education.
The United States Department of Education has revealed the finalists for its 2013 Race to the Top–District competitive grant program. The finalists, who will compete for $120 million in federal grants, include 80 districts spread over 21 states.
An increasing number of states are collecting and analyzing student data effectively for the purpose of improving student achievement, according to a report from the Data Quality Campaign released today.
Schools can no longer keep technology specialists and educators separated. In fact, teachers can be the "best advocates" for moving technology initiatives forward in a district — once they understand how and why it will support teaching and learning, according to a new report.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The International Society for Technology in Education has released comments it has submitted to the Federal Communications Commission ahead of the agency's update of the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, or E-rate.
Legislators in the United States Senate and House of Representatives have introduced bills designed to expand preschool access to low-income families.