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The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

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Delivering significantly more money to schools based on the number of low-income children they serve is at the heart of the sweeping new K-12 finance system approved by the state Legislature in June.

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This year’s Prize, which is in its 26th year, honors those who have made significant strides in the fight to make a college education an achievable dream for the next generation:

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The report released today by the Iowa City, Iowa-based organization found just 39 percent of test-takers in the class of 2013 met three or more of the ACT college-readiness benchmarks in English, reading, science, and math. Nearly one-third did not meet any.

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Opponents called it a “bombshell” and “sleaziness.” Backers said it was “historic” and would free low-income students from failing public schools. Hyperbole aside, the Alabama Legislature’s last-minute move to create a $3,500 state tax credit for private school tuition is emblematic of a growing movement in the states.

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Many preschoolers today are younger than the iPad itself, so educational apps to them are as commonplace as pencils, crayons and building blocks were to their parents. Here are five of our favorite apps for the preschool set.

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“It’s a very sobering point, but I take it as an opportunity: If these kids are always with us, we can do something about this,” said Thomas “Chris” C. West, Montgomery County’s evaluation specialist, who built the tracking formula. “Remember, these are signs of students who drop out—it doesn’t mean they are dropouts.”

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A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday reached a deal that, if passed, would fix the big jump in interest rates for federally backed student loans, sources told NBC News.

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Krischa Esquivel – Sweden’s educational system possesses a democratic mission. This mission, along with the Swedish Education Act, states that all children and young people are to have equal access to education, regardless of gender, where they live or social or economic factors. Schooling is free in Sweden, except for nursery schools and higher education (although these are partly funded by the government).

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Despite the push to broaden diversity among students who take Advanced Placement courses and exams, one of the oft-cited consequences, historically, is that overall pass rates for exams tend to decline. However, a small number of school districts have bucked the trend, according to a new report, titled The Road to Equity

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