Washington state may provide the U.S. Department of Education with its first test case of the fallout if a state loses its No Child Left Behind Act waiver.
Duncan urged state officials to be patient and to "overcommunicate" with the public during the transition to the new standards and new tests.
Even as most other states struggle with the lowest-performing "priority" and "focus" schools, Washington is one of the few that's meeting expectations in those areas.
The Child Care bill is one of the first bipartisan education measures to clear the chamber recently.
Pre-applications for development grants will be due April 14. More contest rules will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education later this spring.
Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the panel, are working to combine forces on a bill to bolster charter schools, sources say.
The U.S. Senate is set to consider a bill that would update the Child Care and Development Block Grant program, which hasn't gotten a makeover since 1996.
Does the U.S. Department of Education's rejection of a South Carolina district's testing-waiver request put up a roadblock for testing companies trying to break into the common-core market?
The federal footprint on standardized testing would shrink under a bill set to be introduced by Reps. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., that has major backing from the largest teachers union.
The nation's largest state has won approval to ditch its state tests in favor of new field tests aligned to the common core, which won't produce any data for student accountability for at least a year, sources say.