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U.S. News & World Report -- An American spacecraft flew by Pluto on Tuesday morning to have a look around. That sentence was the stuff of science fiction when most of us were born. And that's not all. Last November, a European spacecraft landed on a comet. On a comet speeding through space! We've also been poking around Mars, and at the end of April a pathbreaking NASA mission to Mercury ended after four years of orbiting that planet.

U.S. News & World Report -- A growing number of kids are being served in state and locally funded pre-K programs. That's a good thing. But ensuring that all children enter school ready to succeed will require both expanded access in many communities and improvements in pre-K quality in most. Clearing up common misconceptions about state pre-K can help policymakers better address these challenges.

U.S. News & World Report -- Are charter schools – independently operated public schools – at an inflection point? While education advocates fought about Common Core and teacher evaluations charter schools continued to grow and now serve 6 percent of all American public school students. This growth, which is even more pronounced in some cities and states, is highlighting both the promise and challenges of charter schooling.

U.S. News & World Report -- Ultimately, students and communities are likely best served by a variety of options, including traditional neighborhood schools, charter schools that choose to backfill mid-year and in all grade levels, and some charter schools that do not. Variety, rather than uniformity, may be the best way to balance student interests and needs.

WASHINGTON—Bellwether Education Partners announced today that Tina Fernandez, who co-leads Bellwether’s Talent Services team, will become the founding executive director of Achieve Atlanta, a new organization dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of Atlanta Public School students graduating from college.

U.S. News & World Report -- Chris Christie, New Jersey's bombastic governor, made waves last Thursday when he announced that his views on the Common Core education standards had evolved. Once a vocal proponent of the standards more than 40 states have adopted, Christie now wants New Jersey to go its own way.

U.S. News & World Report -- If we want to improve education performance and outcomes over time, it's not enough just to identify low-performers. Identifying top-performers is equally important. If we don't know which schools or programs are doing the best job of educating children, we can't identify the strategies they're using to get those results, and we can't help other schools or providers learn from what they do well.

U.S. News & World Report -- It was like I was living an anti-testing blog post. My daughters were stressed and anxious about the upcoming state test. But here's the thing: They were first graders at the time, so they didn't even have to take the test for two more years. We live in a state where the elementary school tests don't start until third grade and are not consequential for kids anyway (and in practice carry little consequence for the adults, either).

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.