June 23, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 16 states will receive more than $113 million in grants to continue efforts to turn around our nation's persistently lowest-achieving schools through awards from the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.
December 22, 2015U.S. Department of Education Approves Puerto Rico and Remaining Eight States' Plans to Provide Equal Access to Excellent Educators
As part of its Excellent Educators for All Initiative—designed to ensure that all students have equal access to a high-quality education—the U.S.
November 12, 2015In a speech at Burke High School in Boston, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discussed the progress states and districts have seen in the last six years in partnership with the Department's signature programs and policies, including Race to the Top, School Improvement Grants and Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility.
October 19, 2015
New preliminary data released today by the U.S. Department of Education shows that states continue to increase high school graduation rates and narrow the gap for traditionally underserved students, including low-income students, minority students, students with disabilities and English learners.
September 25, 2015U.S. Department of Education Approves Waivers of Title I of the ESEA for Six CORE Districts in California
Building on the significant progress seen in America's schools over the last six years, the U.S.
July 10, 2014
In his remarks to the National Academy Foundation (NAF), Secretary Duncan emphasized the need to close the nation's skills gap by equipping all students to succeed in college and careers, and noted the value of providing rigorous and relevant school-based and work-based learning opportunities as a part of that preparation. Prior to the Secretary's remarks, business and industry leaders joined NAF officials to announce the launch of the NAFTrack Certified Hiring Partnership that will give students who complete and earn the NAF credential, one that is based on assessments linked to college- and career-ready standards, priority in these employers' hiring processes. The partnering companies include: HP, Verizon, AT&T, EMC, Juniper Networks, KPMG, RBC Capital Markets, US, Xerox, JPMorgan Chase, and Cisco.
July 7, 2014
As part of its efforts to ensure that all students have equal access to a quality education, today the U.S. Department of Education is announcing the launch of the Excellent Educators for All Initiative. The initiative will help states and school districts support great educators for the students who need them most.
June 23, 2014
In his remarks to the PTA National Convention, Secretary Duncan talked about the critical importance of parents and families in education and the changes occurring in classrooms across America that are helping to prepare students for success in college, careers, and life. He recognized the hard work of schools and communities who are transforming educational opportunities for students. Secretary Duncan also challenged the audience to be a voice for higher expectations, for bettering schools, and for elevating the teaching profession.
January 27, 2014
I am pleased to speak to ASCD's leadership because I believe educators across the country today have finally reached a long-sought turning point.
November 1, 2013
Thank you, Dr. Ross, for that kind introduction and for being a great partner in reform.
I'm pleased to be here today to address the Rural Education National Forum because, too often, the challenges of rural education are neglected.
After nearly five years in Washington, I've learned that much of the public narrative surrounding education is wrong or badly exaggerated.