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February 11, 2014

Large-District Superintendents Lay Out Their Vision for ESEA Renewal

Fifteen countywide or suburban district superintendents call for a lot less testing and much more leeway for states and districts on setting and achieving goals in any new version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

August 08, 2013

NCLB Waiver in Hand, CORE Districts Move Ahead

Under their newly won flexibility from No Child Left Behind, eight California districts are making dramatic changes to school accountability and oversight.

August 02, 2013

Indiana Superintendents Don't Want Tainted Accountability System

A number of district leaders in Indiana ask tough questions about the integrity of the state's A-F grading system amid revelations that the former state superintendent changed a grade to benefit one charter school.

July 12, 2013

Districts Accountable for Foster Youth in New Calif. Funding Scheme

California schools and districts will have to track academic achievement of students in foster care as a separate accountability subgroup.

May 01, 2013

Baton Rouge Seeks to Avoid State Takeover

The East Baton Rouge Parish school board plans to move 100 gifted and talented students from a higher-performing elementary school to a lower-performing school this fall in order to improve the test scores of the lower-performing school.

March 29, 2013

Cleveland Requests Reprieve From State Takeover

Cleveland's schools chief says the district's comprehensive reform plan adopted last year needs a chance to turn things around before state officials step in.

March 15, 2013

NCLB Waiver Effort by Calif. Districts Wins State Board Backing

California's state board expressed strong support for the effort of a group of school districts seeking a flexibility waiver from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

February 08, 2013

The Seattle Boycott Is Not About High-Stakes Testing, Except That It Is

A Seattle teacher boycott against a district-mandated exam seems increasingly tied to fights against high-stakes testing, whether or not that was the intended goal.

May 11, 2012

Faulty Data Leads to Mix-Up in High School Rankings

The U.S. News and World Report rankings of the nation's best high schools used faulty state and federal information in its calculations for at least one school, officials acknowledged.

March 19, 2012

Ed. Department Solicits Ideas for District Race to Top Competition

The $550 million competition will allow direct federal support to districts working to improve their academic performance.

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