Many countries use national benchmarks to assess students and construct tests to gauge understanding of the core curriculum—an original goal of the Common Core—but in the U.S., standardized tests have become more about ranking schools, and even teachers, and states issue their own tests.
Districts are all trying to improve attendance, understanding that the more school students miss, they more likely they are to fall off track. Increasingly, schools are being judged by those attendance numbers, too. New research finds that some of a school’s best allies in combating absences might be some of its teachers.
The partial federal shutdown may be ongoing, but federal support of school breakfast and lunch is available "well into March," according to a new advisory from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Meantime, state agencies are expected to administer child nutrition programs in accordance with federal statute and regulation.