The Lone Star state's request was a narrow one, aimed only at state tests in Algebra 1.
Here are a few of the impressive folks honored in this year's Leaders to Learn From report.
A bill that would facilitate the prosecution of school personnel for displaying material deemed "harmful" to students has stalled in the Kansas legislature.
Georgia will become the first southern state to join an initiative aimed at preparing educators to teach STEM subjects.
A boycott of Illinois state tests grows, despite a warning from the state board of education that parents do not have the right to "opt their children out" of testing.
With six assessment consortia all trying to field test around the same time, at least one group is saying it's been tough to find willing participants to try out the new exams.
Under community pressure, more states and districts are having to contend with the demand for students to "opt out" of testing.
The results from two studies that looked at teachers' preparedness for the common core came out this week.
Today's unanimous vote by the state board of education makes Nevada the ninth state to have officially adopted the common science standards.
Four districts that took an early and aggressive approach to implementation illustrate the difficulty of finding good instructional materials aligned to the new standards and supplying quality professional development.