May 10, 2012Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress Science Assessment, Grade 8
Science test scores are slightly up, and the achievement gap is narrowing, and that’s good news. Today’s results offer encouraging signs that our nation’s eighth graders are improving in science education. And for the first time, all 50 states participated in the science assessment with no states showing a decline in science scores.
May 9, 2012Secretary Duncan Makes Surprise Visit to Luke C. Moore High School in Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week
Editor's note: A school in your area is noted in the following release as part of Teacher Appreciation Week events organized by the U.S. Department of Education.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan surprised teachers and staff of D.C.’s Luke C. Moore High School with an unexpected visit this morning during their Teacher Appreciation Week breakfast celebration.
May 7, 2012U.S. Department of Education Kicks-Off Teacher Appreciation Week with a National Dialogue on Strengthening and Elevating the Teaching Profession
A vision document for reforming the teaching profession created by active classroom teachers working temporarily for the U.S. Department of Education has been posted for public comment on the Department’s website today as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.
May 4, 2012State-led Development of New Assessments Moves into High Gear State and Teacher Teams to Help Develop Sample Questions
The state-led effort to design new assessments aligned with college and career-ready standards moves into year two with an ambitious agenda that includes releasing sample questions and piloting the new assessments in select schools in the spring of 2013.
May 4, 2012Secretary Duncan and Department Staff to Engage with Teachers During Week-long Celebration of the Teaching Profession
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Department staff will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with an array of events and outreach.
May 3, 2012U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Butler University to Resolve Title IX Athletics Compliance Review
May 2, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the 48th class of Presidential Scholars, recognizing 141 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics or the arts.
May 2, 2012Education Department Awards $24.4 Million for 73 Grants to Promising Teacher Training Programs to Improve Classroom Instruction for English Learners
The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of nearly $24.4 million for 73 grants to improve instruction for English learners. Located in 28 states and the District of Columbia, the grants support a variety of professional development activities for teachers and other educational personnel who work in in elementary and secondary school classrooms with English learners.
May 1, 2012Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on "School Turnarounds: Evidence from the 2009 Stimulus," a Paper by Thomas Dee, Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virginia
“A new and important study of school turnarounds by University of Virginia economist Thomas Dee provides the first rigorous evidence that the Department’s revamped School Improvement Grant (SIG) program is having a substantial impact on student achievement in struggling schools in California in just the first year of the program.
April 30, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that five states will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.