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The new exam, which at least seven states will soon start using, is seen as the teacher education field's response to criticism of university-based preparation programs.
Sean P. "Jack" Buckley's departure opens up a tough-to-fill hole for the Institute of Education Sciences, an agency that has had several long vacancies.
Advocates say that federal strings and red tape could undercut a $100 million competition to help secondary schools better prepare students for college and high-tech careers.
Some of the biggest breakthroughs in behavioral and education research predate the high-tech era, which makes one wonder about taking a technology break, Malbert Smith III writes.
Critics worry the Education Department won't be tough enough on states seeking to extend NCLB waivers, especially on ensuring all students have an effective teacher.