Colorado K-12 Chief Announces Retirement Amid State Board Shift

State board elections in 2014 led to new members and new tension between Commissioner Robert Hammond and board members, including over the common core and aligned tests.


Mississippi Veto Shows States' Diverse Political Responses to Common Core

In vetoing a review, Gov. Phil Bryant said he could not let it "become law under the guise that it would lead to the demise of common core."


Common-Core Exam Leaked in N.Y. as Media Tracks Testing Opt-Outs

According to the New York Post, portions of New York state's English/language arts test were posted Wednesday on a Facebook group called "Education is a Journey, Not a Race."


Bills to Repeal Common Core Hit Roadblocks; Will Reviews Satisfy Foes?

Common-core-repeal bills are failing widely in state legislatures this year, but will bills to review the standards fare any better?


Tax-Credit Scholarships Get OK From Texas Senate; House to Follow?

Although the Texas Senate has approved the bill, the Texas House of Representatives has historically been hostile to private school choice legislation.


Pa. Court Dismisses Districts' Challenge to State School Funding System

The six districts and other plaintiffs claimed in the suit that the state had given students academic standards to meet, but not the resources to do so.


PARCC Opt-Outs Raise Question About Score Validity

There are two testing windows for PARCC, one of two assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. What implications does that have for students who might opt out?


Washington Teachers Plan Strikes to Protest State K-12 Funding Proposals

Teachers in the Evergreen State say lawmakers aren't doing enough to satisfy a voter-approved initiative to cut class size and meet other K-12 budget imperatives.


N.J. Opt-Out Stats: Under 5 Percent for Early Grades, Near 15 Percent for H.S.

New Jersey has attracted a fair bit of media attention over the opt-out issue, but getting hard-and-fast numbers about opt-outs can be a difficult exercise.


Former Oakland Superintendent Tony Smith Picked as New Illinois Chief

Tony Smith previously worked as Oakland superintendent from 2009 to 2013, and then went to work for a Chicago-area nonprofit working on early childhood issues.


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