What Counts as Proficient on the PARCC Exam? Arkansas Moves Up the Limbo Stick

Arkansas joins Ohio as a state that will report PARCC scores differently than the testing consortium when it comes to student performance.

Indiana Chief Seeks Clarification From Feds Over Title I Funding for Charters

Indiana's schools chief Glenda Ritz asked the U.S. Department of Education on Friday to clarify guidelines for distributing federal funding to charter schools with large numbers of low-income students.

NCLB Waiver Extended for Texas, But With a Red Flag for Teacher Evaluations

The department was initially really strict when it came to teacher evaluation, but it has become much more flexible recently.

When Schools Get a Failing Grade (Some) Voters Rush to the Polls, Study Says

On average, North Carolina voters whose local school failed to make AYP had higher turnout in the next school board election by 5 to 8 percentage points, according to a Duke University study.

Pledging a Do-Over on Common Core, N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Announces New Task Force

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced the Common Core Task Force on Sept. 28. It will study the standards and aligned exams and make those recommendations by the end of 2015.

Arizona Gov. Ducey's K-12 Council Pushes Policy Shifts for Funding, Charters

The Classrooms First Initiative Council published its initial recommendations to change the K-12 funding formula earlier this month.

New California Lawsuit Alleges State Has Manipulated Education Funding

The suit, filed Sept. 22, alleges that California has failed to properly calculate the minimum amount of state funding for education under the state constitution.

Kentucky Picks Achieve's Stephen Pruitt to Take Over as State Chief

At Achieve, Pruitt oversaw the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, which have been adopted by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Texas Adopted Tougher Math Standards, Then Test Scores Went Up. What Happened?

Anticipate lower proficiency rates on standardized tests. That's what happens, people say, when you adopt tough new standards and tests. Well it's not what happened in Texas.

Colo. Supreme Court Upholds Lawmakers' Cuts to School Funding

The Dwyer v. Colorado ruling is the state Supreme Court's second major decision regarding K-12 finance in the past two years.

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