A new report profiles five public schools that are using an expanded school day to help provide a strong arts focus.

Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas today signed legislation to rewrite state graduation requirements, reducing from 15 to five the number of end-of-course exams students must pass to earn a high school diploma.

The Council of the Chief State School Officers cites the need to focus its energy on helping states implement common standards in mathematics and English/language arts.

Kentucky's state board of education voted yesterday to provisionally adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

The Florida department of education has issued a call for public comments on the Next Generation Science Standards.

Education Week explores how the common core English/language arts standards take shape in one classroom.

Arvind Mahankali, from New York, is the 2013 National Scripps Spelling Bee champion, after correctly spelling 'knaidel,' a type of dumpling.

The University of South Florida is getting $3 million from a private foundation to develop a new teacher preparation pipeline for STEM middle school teachers.

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 ...

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