Sara Martinez Tucker -- Our country is in trouble. That's the key takeaway from my experience as the undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Education. We have been inching along in math and science while other countries are speeding forward. The United States ranked 25th in math and 17th in science in the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment.
Black students in Brevard Public Schools are being disciplined with suspensions 21/2 times more often than their white peers, despite the fact that they make up a smaller percentage of the overall student population.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating allegations of race-based discrimination in Brevard Public Schools. Four complaints filed by the North Brevard Chapter of the NAACP triggered the investigation, an agency spokesman confirmed.
Nirvi Shah -- Yet another school district is being investigated over disparities in the discipline rates of students of different races. News reports Wednesday said that the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights is investigating the 71,000-student Brevard County school district on Florida's east coast after four complaints were filed with the agency.
Alyson Klein -- Until recently, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate education committee, and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, the panel's top Republican, were in talks to see if there was any chance of getting a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the long-stalled No Child Left Behind Act together in this Congress. But now it's looking like the two lawmakers were unable to resolve fundamental disagreements, making an already very tough reauthorization process that much harder.
Algebra I has long served as a gateway to higher level math courses and science courses, such as physics, and has been required for high school graduation as well as admission to most colleges. But taking algebra also can turn into a pathway for failure, from which some students never recover.
Thomas Hatch -- The good news: Despite the economic downturn, the U.S. Department of Education is stoking the development of a multitude of initiatives that might help improve schools. The bad news: Many of those initiatives still focus on the same flawed assumptions that have undermined education reform efforts for years.
Stephen Sawchuk -- Near the end of a public meeting held here last week, the director of the Race to the Top Fund competition at the U.S. Department of Education, Joanne Weiss, asked a group of assessment experts to summarize their thoughts about how the federal agency could work to improve the country’s assessment systems.
Today teachers, students, parents, researchers and other activists are starting the second annual "Occupy the DOE" event on the grounds of the U.S. Education Department to protest corporate-based school reform. A new teacher explains why she is attending.
As part of continuing efforts to support states in their development of the next generation of assessments, the U.S. Department of Education will hold a Race to the Top Assessment Technical Review Process.
Catherine Gewertz -- The U.S. Department of Education has created a technical-review process for the two state consortia that are designing assessments for the common standards. The technical review will focus on two aspects of the work the assessment consortia are doing: item design and validation.
Michele McNeil -- Tempers have flared in states like Florida and Virginia over new academic goals that are being set in states with waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act. As allowed by the U.S. Department of Education, some states set goals that vary by race—with the aim being that minorities and other at-risk students must make faster progress.
Michele McNeil -- During a Senate hearing earlier this month on the U.S. Department of Education's state waiver program under the No Child Left Behind Act, Education Secretary Arne Duncan was asked point-blank if he was considering offering similar flexibility for school districts.