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New Hampshire Joins ESSA Innovative Assessments Pilot

The United States Department of Education has accepted New Hampshire's plan to join a pilot program for alternative student assessments under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

States Falling Down on ESSA Subgroup Reporting

States are "shirking" their responsibilities in two important Every Student Succeeds Act provisions, according to a new analysis by the Alliance for Education.

California CS Standards Designed to Increase Access to CS Instruction for All Students

Next, the state will finalize a plan for scaling up CS education, including how to support teachers. That's expected to be approved by March 2019.

Congress Averts Government Shutdown, Funds Department of Education

The United States Department of Education is receiving nearly $71.5 billion for fiscal year 2019, a $581 million increase from the previous year.

Device Access Impacts Student Achievement

The U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress takes a look at how students and teachers are using computers for learning.

Department of Education Approves Last ESSA State Plan

The United States Department of Education's approval of Florida's ESSA plan brings all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico into compliance with the country's most comprehensive education law.

States: Improvements Needed to Guide ESSA Plans

School leadership in Delaware, Nebraska and South Carolina are already seeing some of the benefits of the Every Student Succeeds Act, but there are still challenges that many schools face.

Suspending Elementary School Students Linked to Future Behavioral Problems

When students are suspended in kindergarten and first grade, a new study finds, it can lead more suspensions in later grades and less time spent on early learning experiences.

FBI Issues Warning on Educational Technology

As the use of educational tools continues to grow, the FBI is warning the public to be aware of the risks of data collection and unsecured systems.

Most States Pay Too Little Attention to Educator Readiness to Teach Reading

A new brief from the National Council on Teacher Quality found that a large majority of states haven't taken steps to make sure their teachers have sufficient knowledge to teach reading. According to the organization, just 11 states require licensing tests for both elementary and special education teachers to measure their knowledge of reading instruction.

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