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To Measure What Tests Can't, Some Schools Turn To Surveys

Social-emotional skills? Growth mindset? Grit? To see how students are doing in important areas beyond reading and math ... there's a survey for that.
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ExxonMobil, Columbia University Clash Over Student Journalists' Reports

The students' articles, published by the Los Angeles Times, helped to bring attention to whether the energy firm misled investors and the public about the risks associated with climate change.
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Wyoming Schools Get Poor Report Card For Native American Absenteeism

One in three Native students are what's considered "chronically absent," in this state. Educators on the Wind River Indian Reservation say that's a major factor holding back student achievement.
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Taking A Closer Look At Grandparent Caregivers

About 2.7 million grandparents in the U.S. are responsible for their grandchildren. And more than one in five live below the poverty line.

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The Outgoing Education Secretary Reunites With A Former Student

Arne Duncan catches up with one of the young students he mentored more than 25 years ago — a young woman who he says inspires him.
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Fairfax County School Leaders Brace For Difficult Budget Season

Fairfax County is adding millions of dollars to its school budgets this year, but enrollment on the rise, administrators are making tough decisions about where to cut corners.

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Only A Quarter Of D.C. Students Ready For College And Career, Per New Test

A quarter of all third- to eighth-graders in D.C. public and charter schools are considered “on track” for college or a career, according to the results of new, more rigorous tests in English and math.
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Rising Enrollment In Northern Virginia Schools Outpaces Neighboring Districts

Student enrollment is on the rise across the D.C. region, but not uniformly so — putting more stress on school districts in places like Loudoun County.

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In Indiana, Raising The Bar Raises Questions About Special Education

Indiana is trying to make the path to a high school diploma more rigorous, but some special education students worry they won't be able to meet new requirements.
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Is Bigger Always Better? The Case For Starting Small With New Learning Ideas

"Will it scale?" is often the first thing we ask about an educational innovation. Two innovators argue that it's the wrong question.

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