Education has been a core theme for Barack Obama, since his days as a candidate for the office of the Presidency. The administration has kept education as a front-and-center issue, driven in no small part by the passion and commitment of Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education and one of Obama's closest associates.
Hard to fit on a timeline are the gradual shifts in the education landscape: Increases in the percent of students graduating from high school (to 81%); a decline in the dropout rate (below 7%). There are more students in charter schools now (more than 2 million). American students' math and reading scores on international tests have stayed largely flat.
That said, here are few scrapbook moments from the past few years of education reform under Duncan.