Texas lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would allow high-performing students to skip some of the state's reading and math tests.

The next couple of years will be rough going. That's no surprise to anyone who's been tracking the Common Core State Standards and waivers from key parts of the No Child Left Behind Act. Those big movements have pressed states into changing academic expectations, curricula, teacher evaluation, accountability and other tectonic plates of the school landscape. And common assessments, slated to make their debut in the spring of 2015, will likely provide the numbers that influence evaluations of many educators, schools, and districts. You can see the education groups staking out turf for the transition. Michele McNeil over at Politics ...

Legislation headed to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's desk would reduce from 15 to five the number of end-of-course exams students must pass to graduate.

The Highmark Charter School, in South Weber, Utah, is integrating business concepts across the curriculum, even at early grades.

An education leader in the Kentucky Senate questions how the Next Generation Science Standards handle evolution and climate change.

Rhode Island today became the first state in the nation adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

Rhode Island may become the first state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. The state board will vote later today.

EdWeek begins a four-part series on how the District of Columbia school system is putting the English/language arts standards into practice.

A controversial measure to block state spending in Kansas on the common-core standards, as well as new science standards, was dropped from a budget bill.

The maker of the ACT college entrance exam offers itself as an alternative to common tests being designed by two federally funded consortia designing tests for the common standards.

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