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Testing: How Much Is Too Much?

Two new surveys try to quantify the number of standardized tests students take in school — an estimated 113 by graduation.

Common Core Reading: Difficult, Dahl, Repeat

Backers of the Common Core say it's important for kids to tackle complex texts. Critics argue that reading shouldn't be a struggle for kids. We'll visit one classroom that borrows from both sides.
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Muslim Holiday Might Become A Day Off In Montgomery County Schools

If demographics deem it necessary, the Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Adha could become a day off for students in Montgomery County.

Why These Kids Love Kale

With childhood obesity rates high, one program in a handful of Washington, D.C., schools is trying to change kids' lives — one vegetable at a time.


What Does It Mean To Be 'Articulate'?

Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator." She unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues.

A Botched Study Raises Bigger Questions

Why one education research technique, coming into use by most states, is proving so controversial.
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Bowser Wants Tweaks To School Boundary Changes, But Doesn't Offer Specifics

With just over a month until D.C.'s school lottery opens to parents, Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser says she wants to tweak a plan that will alter the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns — but it remains unclear how much she can change.

Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

With the Common Core State Standards' emphasis on "complex texts," some critics worry kids are being asked to struggle too much. We ask: How much is too much?

Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

The Common Core State Standards are changing reading instruction in many schools. And that means new challenges for lots of students, even traditional high achievers.
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Fairfax Asks Feds for Help Funding Unaccompanied Minors

More than a thousand unaccompanied minors from Central America have found a temporary home in Fairfax County, but school officials are struggling to pay for their education.