S.C. State Board Boss Lambasts Mick Zais, But Has Dim Hopes for Smarter Balanced

The chairman of the South Carolina state board, Barry Bolen, blasted Superintendent Mick Zais, saying that the board retained the authority to pick the state's assessment.


Experts Pick Apart Indiana Standards Set to Replace Common Core

Analysts are weighing in on the final draft of Indiana's new content standards, which are due for approval by the state board on April 28.


Teachers Anxious as Policymakers Waffle on Common-Core Decisions

The indecision about the common-core standards in many states has led some teachers to believe that policymakers are leaving them in the lurch.


Louisiana Officials Squabble Over Fate of PARCC Tests

As in South Carolina, Louisiana is experiencing a dispute between state officials over whether PARCC tests should be given to students.


S.C. Chief Declares State Will Leave Smarter Balanced After All

South Carolina Superintendent Mick Zais said he's withdrawing the state from Smarter Balanced regardless of what the state school board voted to do.


In About-Face, S.C. State Board Votes to Stick With Smarter Balanced Test

Despite a state education department official's announcement April 3 that the state would withdraw from Smarter Balanced, the state board voted not to do so April 9.


Loss of NCLB Waiver Looms for Washington State This Month

Evergreen State is on course to become the first state to lose its flexibility from the No Child Left Behind Act.


K-12 Group Wants to Highlight Common Core Successes, But Delay High Stakes

The Learning First Alliance said that it wants to be a resource for states struggling to regroup and take more time to get the common core right.


Uncle Sam Out: Senators Demand Feds Keep Dollars Away from Standards

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and other federal lawmakers want to "prohibit federal interference in determining state education standards and curriculum."


Kansas Budget Overhaul Includes Changes to School Choice, Teacher Tenure Policies

A school-finance package approved by Kansas lawmakers in response to a court ruling gives districts greater flexibility if they seek local tax increases.


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