November 22, 2013U.S. Education Department Officials Visit, Learn from School Principals During ED Goes Back to School Principal Shadow Week
As part of ED Goes Back to School Principal Shadow Week, dozens of Education Department officials spent time this week learning about the work of principals by job shadowing them at school.
More than 45 principals paired up with Education officials, which gave the department an opportunity to see the successes and challenges of implementing reform efforts at the school-level.
November 22, 2013
"As American Education Week comes to a close for 2013, let's re-dedicate ourselves to focusing every week of the year on the values -- and value -- of public education, the contributions of educators, and the aspirations of our nation's students. This is an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor those who are making a difference to be sure that all of our nation’s children are ready for college and career.
November 21, 2013
December 11, 2013
November 19, 2013U.S. Department of Education Announces 31 Applications as Finalists for $120 Million Race To The Top – District Competition
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 31 applications have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. The 2013 RTTT-D program will provide close to $120 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and improve student learning, directly increase student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers.
November 19, 2013
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today honors 286 schools as the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools at an awards luncheon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The award honors public and private schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement. The schools – 236 public and 50 private—are among nearly 7,500 schools that have received the coveted award over the past 31 years.
November 13, 2013Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Bipartisan Proposal to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Education Programs
"The early learning bill introduced today reflects a growing, bipartisan understanding that to ensure our nation’s children have the educational and economic opportunities they deserve, we must act early. It’s long been clear that high-quality early learning opportunities produce lasting benefits, including higher high school graduation rates and lower incarceration rates.
November 8, 2013"Our country's Veterans have helped build the United States into the world leader it is today. Since the birth of our nation, they have protected us time and time again. From the rural hills in Kentucky to the towering buildings in Manhattan, our Veterans are from every corner of the country representing the best of what it is to be American.
November 8, 2013U.S. Department of Education Announces Voluntary Resolution of Sun Prairie Area School District Compliance Review
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today the successful resolution of a compliance review of the Sun Prairie Area School District in Sun Prairie, Wis. The review examined whether the school district discriminates against black students on the bases of race or disability in the referral, evaluation and placement of these students in special education.
November 8, 2013U.S. Department of Education Announces Highest-Rated Applications for Investing in Innovation 2013 Competition
The U.S. Department of Education today announced results for the fourth round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition, which will award the 25 highest-rated applications (HRAs) more than $135 million to expand innovative practices designed to improve student achievement. These 25 potential grantees, selected from 618 applications and representing 13 states and the District of Columbia, must secure matching funds by Dec. 11, 2013, in order to receive federal funding.
November 7, 2013Statement of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Report Card
The 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Report Card is available here.
"The 2013 NAEP report card provides encouraging but modest signs of progress in reading and math for U.S. students.
November 6, 2013U.S. Department of Education Reaches Agreement with West Contra Costa Unified School District in California to Address & Prevent Sexual Assault, Harassment of Students
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into an agreement with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (district), in Richmond, Calif., to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). OCR proactively initiated the investigation to examine whether the district responded promptly and effectively to instances of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
November 6, 2013U.S. Education Department Announces First-of-Its Kind Resolution of Virtual Charter School Civil Rights Investigation
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights has entered into an agreement with Virtual Community School of Ohio to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act for students with disabilities at the school. This first-of-its-kind resolution promises equal access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities in virtual charter schools.
November 4, 2013U.S. Department of Education Announces Additional Efforts to Inform Student Borrowers of Repayment Options
As part of the Obama administration's agenda to make college more affordable, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) is announcing today an outreach campaign to groups of federal student loan borrowers to make sure they know and understand all their repayment options.