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DeVos announces year-round Pell Grants

College students will have access to year-round Pell Grants under a provision in a spending bill passed by Congress last month. "This decision is about empowering students and giving them the flexibility and support needed to achieve their goals," said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Full Story: Inside Higher Ed


Low-income students perform best in this state

Texas cities topped a list of the 300 largest US cities that yield positive outcomes for students from low-income families. Data show eight out of the 10 cities with the best performances are in the Lone Star State.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report


Want to connect with an expert at Harvard?

The Research Map website -- launched by nonprofit Digital Promise -- aims to help developers, teachers and administrators find and understand academic research. The website boasts a new "ask a researcher" feature to connect users with experts at Harvard University.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report


3 ways to use assessments to inform planning

Some educators are using frequent assessments to help inform lesson-planning, asserts educator Rita Platt. In this blog post, she shares three key ways educators can use assessment data for planning.

Full Story: SmartBrief/Education


Education Dept. explains feedback on ESSA plans

The US Department of Education has published a list of frequently asked questions that seeks to clarify recent feedback from the department to three states about their Every Student Succeeds Act plans. The initial feedback raised concerns among the Council of Chief State School Officers, says its executive director, Chris Minnich.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)


Melissa Greenwood is the director of education content at SmartBrief.


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