U.S. ranks No. 13 in new collaborative problem-solving test

Video game playing appears to harm social skills

The search for a new way to test kids

By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY Investigators found “clear, statistical evidence” of cheating on state tests at George Washington Elementary, a Blue Ribbon School, in Baltimore. (Photo by By…

What is going to happen to reform with Klein, Rhee out?

NEW YORK — The recent resignations of high-profile school chiefs Joel Klein in New York and Michelle Rhee in Washington, D.C., raise questions about the future of education reform at…

State deals with wave of teacher accountability reform

An educational earthquake aimed at improving the effectiveness of teachers is rumbling across the nation. So far, the quake is only beginning to affect Wisconsin. But the tremors of…

For-profit colleges try to improve grad rates, hoping for Republican support

Fast-growing for-profit colleges, under fire for saddling students with unmanageable debt, are rolling out new policies aimed at raising graduation rates while also hoping a Republican-controlled House will block unfavorable…

Solving the dropout problem?

Brett Rusnock can follow his students’ every move on his laptop: how much time they spend on computers each day at Houston’s Waltrip High School, their scores on quizzes, how…

Minnesota’s Kline and the future of federal education policy

John Kline (MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley) WASHINGTON — One day after taking what he called a “shellacking” at the hands of voters, President Barack Obama stood in…


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Dropouts try to find their way back to school

Since he dropped out of high school at 17, Frederick Dixson has wanted to continue his education. Intermittently homeless, unemployed and locked up, he’s struggled in a variety of…

Debate over value-added teacher ratings hits New York City

NEW YORK – A New York Supreme Court judge will decide whether the public has a right to see individual teacher ratings based on student test scores in the nation’s…

‘Call Me MISTER Initiative’ succeeds in recruiting, developing black teachers

    Dr. Roy Jones (Photo courtesy MINNEAPOLIS – When Roy Jones set out to convince African-American boys that “teacher” was as hot…