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August 27, 2014

School Districts Praise Ed. Secretary for Recognizing Over-Reliance on Testing

The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium, which represents 16 districts across the country, applauded Education Secretary Arne Duncan's recent statement that there is too much focus on standardized testing in the nation's schools.

July 10, 2014

Critics Cast Doubt on Academic Progress in D.C. Schools

A national group critical of improvement strategies used in recent years in the District of Columbia public schools says education leaders in the city have overstated improvements in student achievement.

June 04, 2014

"Data Scrubbing" Investigation Expands in Ohio School Districts

The Ohio Department of Education will now review 2012-2013 student attendance data for the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Columbus school systems.

May 29, 2014

California's CORE Districts Faltering On Key Tenets of Waiver, Ed. Dept. Says

Education Department officials flagged problem areas for the seven districts participating in the No Child Left Behind Act waiver, including delays and changes to strategies aimed at the lowest-achieving schools.

May 02, 2014

California Districts Request Extension for Special NCLB Waiver

Seven of the original eight districts participating in the waiver are seeking an extension and asking for more time to implement their teacher-evaluation systems.

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.

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