Throughout America’s history, education has been the vehicle for social and economic mobility, giving hope and opportunity to millions of young people. Our public schools have produced a competitive, productive workforce that has transformed the world economy. Today, our schools must prepare students not only to meet the demands of the global economy, but also help students take their place as committed and engaged citizens. It must ensure that all students have a quality education regardless of race, class, or background.

Education Reform

Link to ESEA Flexibility pageFlexibility from No Child Left Behind

Find out how states can get relief from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB) in exchange for efforts to close achievement gaps, promote rigorous accountability, and ensure that all students are on track to graduate college- and career-ready.

Read the announcement. Visit the ESEA Flexibility page. See also the ESEA home page and blueprintfor reauthorizing ESEA.

Balancing Assessments: A Teacher’s Perspective (February 4)

As a Teaching Ambassador Fellow, my colleagues and I have the honor of speaking with thousands of educators, parents, and students across the country about their greatest hopes for education and what…

America’s Kids Need a Better Education Law (August 26)

This op-ed originally appeared in August 25 edition of The Washington Post. The nation’s most sweeping education law — the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, better known as No Child…

State and Local Education Agencies “Like” Social Media (June 24)

Throw out the word “mimeograph” to high school students today and you’re likely to receive a classroom full of puzzled looks. How educators and schools transmit information in and out of the…

New Flexibility for States Implementing Fast-Moving Reforms: Laying Out Our Thinking (June 18)

Over the last four years, states and school districts across America have embraced an enormous set of urgent challenges with real courage: raising standards to prepare young people to compete in the…

2014 Education Budget: What’s the Bottom Line? (April 10)

As Education Secretary Arne Duncan often says, budgets aren’t just numbers in a ledger – they are a reflection of our values. President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal, released today,…