November 2012

November 28, 2012

U.S Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Releases Four-Year Report on Civil Rights Enforcement and Educational Equity

Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a report describing OCR's progress and activity over the last four years on civil rights enforcement and educational equity.

November 26, 2012

U.S. Department of Education Announces 61 Applications as Finalists for $400 Million Race to the Top - District Competition

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 61 applications have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition.

November 26, 2012

States Report New High School Graduation Rates Using More Accurate, Common Measure

The U.S. Department of Education released data today detailing state four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-11 – the first year for which all states used a common, rigorous measure.

November 19, 2012

U.S. Department of Education Releases Early Snapshot of School Improvement Grants Data

The U.S. Department of Education today released an early snapshot of student performance data at schools that have received federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program funds, a key component of the Department’s blueprint for helping states and districts turn around the nation’s lowest-performing schools.

November 16, 2012

U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $50,000 to Help Colorado's Aurora Public Schools Recover from Theater Shooting

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students, formerly the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, has awarded Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, Colo., a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant totaling nearly $50,000.

November 14, 2012

Hundreds of School Districts Apply for $400 Million Race to the Top-District Competition

Today the U.S. Department of Education announced it received 371 applications – representing more than 1,100 school districts – for the Race to the Top-District competition.

November 13, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Celebrates 314 Schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today will honor 314 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools at an awards luncheon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or for their progress toward significantly improving student academic achievement levels.

November 8, 2012

Education Department Announces Highest-Rated Applications for Investing in Innovation 2012 Competition

The U.S. Department of Education today announced results for the third round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition, which will award the 20 highest-rated applications more than $140 million to expand innovative practices designed to improve student achievement. These 20 potential grantees, selected from 727 applications, must secure matching funds by Dec.