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August 26, 2014

Kentucky Denied Flexibility on Science Testing by Federal Officials

The Kentucky education commissioner blasted the U.S. Department of Education in a recent blog post for rejecting his state's request for a one-year waiver on science assessments.

August 25, 2014

Tennessee to Add Cursive Writing to State Standards

Tennessee students in grades 2-4 will be expected to learn cursive writing starting next year.

August 15, 2014

Next Generation Science Standards: Which States Adopted and When?

Since the common science standards were finalized in April 2013, 12 states and the District of Columbia have adopted them.

August 07, 2014

After Uproar, New York Releases Standardized Test Questions

Following accusations that questions on the New York standardized tests given this spring were developmentally inappropriate and included product placement, state education officials made half the questions available online.

July 09, 2014

New Jersey Adopts Common Science Standards

On July 9, the New Jersey education department announced that the state board had adopted the common science standards, making it the 12th state to do so.

June 27, 2014

Conn. Governor Pledges $15 Million to Support Common-Core Implementation

Gov. Malloy, a Democrat, has pledged $15 million to ease the implementation of the common-core standards. The money will go towards new school technology and professional development, among other uses.

June 25, 2014

Wyoming STEM Professors Defend Common Science Standards

Last week, nearly 50 science and math educators from the University of Wyoming wrote a position paper directed to the board of education, which blocked adoption of the common science standards, detailing why they believe critics of the Next Generation Science Standards are wrong.

June 12, 2014

Promotion of 3rd Graders Tied to Reading Scores Under New S.C. Law

Third graders in South Carolina who cannot demonstrate reading proficiency on a state test will be held back starting in the 2017-18 school year, according to legislation just signed by the governor.

June 10, 2014

Gates Foundation: Wait Two Years Before Attaching Consequences to Common Core

A top official from the biggest common-core funder in the country says districts and schools should wait before basing teacher evaluations and student promotion decisions on tests based on the new standards.

June 02, 2014

New Jersey May Be Next State to Adopt Common Science Standards

An official with the state education department in New Jersey confirmed that the state appears poised to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards next month.

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