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July 18, 2014

Friday Reading List: Walking Away From Common Core, NCLB Waivers

There was a ton of state activity this week, with implications for federal policy, most of it centered around ... you guessed it ... Common Core. For more, check out there good reads:

July 17, 2014

Some Race to Top States Tinker With Teacher Evaluations

Several Race to the Top states are tweaking their implementation of new teacher-evaluation policies adopted as part of the promises made in their applications.

July 03, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Extends NCLB Waivers for Six States

Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, South Dakota, Nevada, and Virginia are told they can keep their flexibility through the end of the upcoming school year.

June 25, 2014

Ed. Dept. Expected to Release Draft Criteria for State Tests This Summer

A U.S. Education Department official overseeing the process tells state assessment officials to expect the initial draft this summer, and the final in the winter, after more input and public comment.

June 19, 2014

Fact Check: Can a State Lose Federal Funds for Ditching Common Core?

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan never actually told Oklahoma it could lose federal dollars if it withdrew from Common Core State Standards.

June 12, 2014

Delay in Education Appropriations Process Angers Republicans

The Senate committee responsible for funding education has postponed the markup up of its federal fiscal 2015 spending bill, and Republicans are angry.

June 10, 2014

Gates Foundation: Teachers, Students Should Get Two-Year Accountability Pause

"A rushed effort to apply the assessments could punish teachers as they're trying new things," a Gates Foundation official wrote in announcing the group's new stance.

June 09, 2014

Arne Duncan: Dropping Common Core May Not Cost Oklahoma Federal Funding

Even so, Oklahoma's decision to drop the Common Core State Standards was motivated by politics and not necessarily what's best for students, the U.S. Secretary of Education said.

April 16, 2014

Arne Duncan on Waivers, Common Core, and Teacher Prep

Here's an edited transcript of a 30-minute Q-and-A with the U.S. Secretary of Education, who touched on the important decisions he's facing in his remaining time in office.

April 07, 2014

GOP Senators: No More Money for Common Core

Ten Republican senators don't want to see another dime of federal money going to states in exchange for adopting certain academic standards.

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