July 2012 Archives

Florida Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson informed Gov. Rick Scott (R) that he would resign from his position on Aug. 31, after serving as the state's schools chief for roughly a year.

Three states, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Texas, are looking to fill state superintendents' positions, and all three are controlled by Republican politicians.

New York Commissioner of Education John King told those at a Center for American Progress event he is concerned with matching strong accountability measures and high levels of teacher and school support.

A report on education indicators by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that persistent gaps remain among states on the basis of race and other factors.

New data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that while people age 15-29 make up 21 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 39 percent of all new HIV infections, but some states are moving away from comprehensive sex education classes.

The Florida Department of Education announced that 8 percent of the schools measured by the state's A-F accountability system would receive higher grades than initially reported.

Wisconsin school boards report that under the new collective bargaining laws that limit what is subject to negotiations with teachers' unions, they are reaching deals in very little time.

Ohio school officials are claiming that record state lottery revenues won't translate into more dollars for K-12 education because of a revenue swap at the state level, although Gov. John Kasich's administration denies the allegation.

A new Tennessee Department of Education report shows that teachers who received strong evaluation scores from school officials did not always receive correspondingly high scores on student growth measures.

A new report from the State Budget Crisis Task Force says that states' K-12 education funding may rebound as the economy improves, but health care and retirement obligations and limits on property taxes could hamper that recovery.

A study of National Assessment of Educational Progress scores among states between 1992 and 2011 show that Maryland showed the greatest rate of improvement among the 41 states considered, with southern states also scoring relatively well.

Information from the U.S. Department of Education and the Census Bureau shows that post-secondary completion rates among 25-34 year olds increased slightly from 2009 to 2010 up to 39.3 percent, with the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and North Dakota leading the way.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates stressed the importance of multiple measures in teacher evaluation systems and praised the Common Core State Standards in the keynote speech at the Education Commission of the States' National Forum on Education Policy.

Two lead writers of the Common Core State Standards say the standards would improve achievement by focusing on fewer but more important topics in the earlier grades, and getting rid of unproductive activities and topics.

Governors from Delaware and Nevada discussed America's "competitive edge" and the best way to improve students' transition and performance in a global marketplace on the second day of the National Forum on Education Policy hosted by the Education Commission of the States in Atlanta.

The first day of the National Forum on Education Policy, hosted by the Education Commission for the States, included discussions about the impacts of new discovers in neuroscience on student learning, and the difficulties states face in developing strong early childhood learning systems.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the state needs to make sure that the state is not over-testing students, and said the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test will likely change significantly.

Louisiana assistant state superintendent Scott Norton said he is stepping down from his post to oversee work on standards, testing and accountability for the Council of Chief State School Officers.

A report on public education spending from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in fiscal 2010, local-level education funding was higher than state-level funding.

The U.S. Department of Education has granted Iowa a one-year grace period from meeting academic proficiency targets under No Child Left Behind.


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