Rural schools

Mississippi tops rankings as ‘highest priority state’ in rural education

High poverty, low instructional spending have led to poor outcomes, report finds

The future of proficiency-based education

Will a focus on mastering skills take off in Maine, or will schools change their terms without changing their teaching?

Why Maine’s new high school graduation rules could hurt more than help

Some schools find the requirements too complicated to put in place

How diplomas based on skill acquisition, not credits earned, could change education

By 2021, students graduating from Maine high schools must show they have mastered specific skills to earn a high school diploma. Maine is the first state to pass such a law, though the idea of valuing skills over credits is increasingly popular around the country.

What happens when you give a district the freedom to innovate?

Mississippi district adopts modified calendar, new exam system and multiple diploma options

Idaho gives education money directly to teenagers to manage themselves

Every seventh grader gets $4,125 to spend on early college credits, other extras

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Why six states still spend nothing on preschool

Many state preschool programs are still tiny, but in the Mountain West and New Hampshire, they are nonexistent. Here’s why

OPINION: Why is Trump’s ed secretary ignoring the biggest development in education since the printing press?

Online course-based choice won’t achieve its promise without substantial public policy reform

Mississippi legislators whittle down number of education bills

Flexible spending accounts, anti-bullying legislation still alive

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