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U.S. News & World Report -- The No Child Left Behind rewrite should take steps to ease the tensions between accountability and personalized learning.

U.S. News & World Report -- The Senate's bipartisan education reform plan would undermine the goal of education equality.

U.S. News & World Report -- For a lot of young people spring weather is just another reminder that high school is basically over and it’s OK to check out. I attended a well-regarded suburban high school and still spent too much of my senior spring skipping school to ski, hike, hang out at a local waterfall and do some less wholesome things I’ll probably deny if my own kids ask about them.

U.S. News & World Report -- What’s in this spring in public education? Apparently it’s students opting out of state standardized tests.

U.S. News & World Report -- One of the interesting things about my job is that wealthy people ask me for ideas about how best to use their resources to improve America’s schools. There are plenty of important issues demanding attention: overhauling the sorry state of teacher preparation and teacher policy (I wrote an entire guidebook about that), giving low-income Americans more educational choice and improving educational finance are three obvious ones.

U.S. News & World Report -- It’s frustrating when college administrators say they can’t really do a lot to boost graduation rates for first-in-family college students or poor students. The challenges are real, but a short walk down to the athletic department reveals some strategies that are working.

U.S. News & World Report -- Let's stipulate that it would be better all around if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had finished college – especially because he apparently came close to graduating from Marquette. It would be better for his advisers, because issues besides Walker’s non-degree might get attention.

U.S. News & World Report -- The education reform world is increasingly obsessed with “diversity.” Organizations and individuals are struggling to ensure people with different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds have a place in the conversation about how to improve our schools.

Chad Aldeman

The New York Times -- Yes, test quality must be better than it is today. And, yes, teachers and parents have a right to be alarmed when unnecessary tests designed only for school benchmarking or teacher evaluations cut into instructional time. But annual testing has tremendous value. It lets schools follow students’ progress closely, and it allows for measurement of how much students learn and grow over time, not just where they are in a single moment.

The Denver Post -- Public school teachers face plenty of uncertainty. It's a challenging profession that demands patience without guarantees of success. If that weren't enough, many Colorado teachers are flying without a net when it comes to their retirement.