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January 23, 2015

Wyoming Takes First Step Toward Ending Ban on Common Science Standards

The Wyoming House gave preliminary approval to eliminate a budget footnote that forbids the state board of education from considering the Next Generation Science Standards for adoption.

January 16, 2015

Arizona First to Require Citizenship Test for Graduation

Yesterday the Arizona legislature passed a bill that will require students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization civics test in order to graduate from high school.

January 09, 2015

Proposed S.C. Bill Would Mandate Schools Teach Gun Rights With NRA Curriculum

A bill introduced in the South Carolina House would require that all public elementary, middle, and high schools provide instruction on the Second Amendment for at least three consecutive weeks each school year.

January 07, 2015

West Virginia Adopts Common Science Standards, With Modifications on Climate Change

Last month, West Virginia joined 12 states and the District of Columbia in adopting the Next Generation Science Standards—but not without first making a few tweaks to the standards' language about global warming.

November 21, 2014

Majority of Texas Social Studies Textbooks Approved Despite Controversy

Nearly all of the social studies textbooks that were being considered by the Texas board of education have been sanctioned for use next school year.

November 20, 2014

Fate of Controversial Texas Social Studies Textbooks Still Unsure

The Texas state board of education did not grant preliminary approval for the series of social studies textbooks it was considering, which both liberal and conservative groups have alleged contain distortions.

November 13, 2014

Are State Arts Education Policies Working?

Just because a state has a law requiring arts instruction doesn't mean students are actually getting it, said a group of arts education experts.

October 16, 2014

State and District Tests Frequent, But Take Little Instructional Time, Study Says

The Center for American Progress released a report looking at how much time students spend taking state- and district-required tests.

October 15, 2014

State and District Leaders Vow to Reduce Testing, Stick With Yearly Assessments

State school chiefs and urban district leaders committed to eliminating redundant tests, but they also made clear that they will not back away from annual standardized testing.

September 11, 2014

Review Finds 'Distortions,' Biases in Texas Textbooks

New social studies textbooks under consideration by the Texas board of education include "serious distortions of history and contemporary issues," according to a watchdog group's recent review.

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