January 2012

January 31, 2012

Education Department Invites Higher Education Community to Share What Works in Helping Students Complete Higher Education

Continuing its commitment to helping America once again lead the world in college graduates, the U.S. Department of Education has invited the higher education community to share best practices that have been proven to help students successfully complete postsecondary education and convened some of the leading researchers to develop a toolkit for institutions to reference.

January 26, 2012

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the New MDRC Study, 'Sustained Positive Effects on Graduation Rates Produced by New York City's Small Public High Schools of Choice'

“This new, rigorous study by MDRC of New York City’s ambitious experiment with small public high schools underscores the great potential to replace failing schools for disadvantaged students with schools that instead narrow achievement and attainment gaps. MDRC’s study is important and encouraging on several fronts.

January 19, 2012

Department of Education Issues ADA Amendments Act Dear Colleague Letter to Provide Guidance Under Amended Legal Standards

The Department of Education's (Department) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued a Dear Colleague letter concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (Amendments Act).

January 17, 2012

U.S. Department of Education to Host Teachers from Close Up Foundation for Civic Education Discussion Series

The U.S. Department of Education and the Close Up Foundation announced today a series of discussions that will be held between senior Department officials and teachers participating in Close Up Washington D.C., a nonprofit organization that helps young people become active and engaged citizens. The discussion series will be held at the Department’s D.C.

January 10, 2012

U.S. Department Of Education Calls For Action To Develop 21st Century Citizens, Strengthen Democracy

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan along with several Obama Administration and education officials launched a national conversation today about the importance of educating students for informed, engaged citizenship with the release of the Department's report, "Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy: A Road Map and Call to Action." The release coincides with the publication of a final report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, "A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future," which was commissioned by the Department.

January 10, 2012

Department Releases State Reports Profiling First-Year Progress Under Race to the Top

The U.S. Department of Education released today state-specific reports profiling first-year progress on comprehensive education reform under Race to the Top.