September 2013 Archives

Common-Core Tests in Kentucky, Year Two: What's the Trend?

Results from the second year of common-core aligned tests in Kentucky showed a variety of results across school levels and student groups.

News About State Education Chiefs: One Elevation, One Nosedive

News on state education chiefs for the week of Sept. 23 included a new Oregon K-12 boss and a skydiving Rhode Island education commissioner.

New Mississippi K-12 Chief Carey Wright Has D.C., Md. Background

Mississippi has chosen Carey Wright, a former administrator in D.C. and Maryland public schools, to be its new state superintendent.

Common Core Given Boost by Key Michigan House Vote

A key vote in the Michigan House education committee could undo a budgetary freeze on common-core spending in the state.

Tracking Down Florida's Status With Common-Core Testing Group

There seems to be some disparity between Gov. Rick Scott's public comments on a common-core testing consortium and his official correspondence on the matter.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: State Will Curtail Role in Common-Core Testing Consortium

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has told U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that the state will pull out of a consortia developing common-core-aligned tests, the Associated Press says.

Who's in Charge of Florida's Decision About Common-Core Tests?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has said he is mulling a variety of ways for the state to alter or eliminate its role in a common-core testing consortium.

State School Takeover News from Massachusetts and Virginia

Four schools in Massachusetts are facing state takeover based on 2013 test scores, while momentum builds behind a lawsuit over takeovers in Virginia.

Battling Chronic Absences: Report Examines States' Prevention Plans

A new report highlights the millions of students chronically absent from school, and the best approaches states are taking to address the problem.

Florida Names Pam Stewart Commissioner, Removing Interim Tag

The Florida Board of Education named Pam Stewart the state's new education commissioner on Sept. 17.

Business Executives Push Common Core Hard: Is it Moving?

The first of two business meetings in one week designed to bolster support for the common core is taking place in Washington Sept. 17 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tony Bennett's Newest Problem: Illegal Use of His Indiana Office?

New emails and computer data from Tony Bennett's tenure as Indiana state schools chief may show that he improperly used state office for political purposes.

U.S. Education Law Needs Updating Badly, Say State and Local Officials

Groups including the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers are strongly urging an NCLB reauthorization.

State K-12 Funding Lags Six Years After Recession Hit, Report Says

A new report from a Washington think tank states that in 2013 a majority of states are still spending below their pre-recession levels on K-12.

Tenn. Chief Slammed by More Than 60 Local Superintendents

A letter from more than 60 Tennessee school superintendents protests the way K-12 policy has been handled by state superintendent Kevin Huffman.

Tom Luna Regrets Focus on Vote-Counting in Idaho K-12 Overhaul

Tom Luna expressed regret over his political approach to his signature 2011 K-12 laws that were overturned in the 2012 elections.

California Clashes With U.S. Department of Education Over Testing

California squares off against the U.S. Department of Education over the state's plan to abandon most of its testing system and use only field tests being designed for the common core.

Report: Grade Changes Made by Tony Bennett in Ind. 'Plausible'

A new report commissioned by legislative leaders in Indiana finds that the changes made to the state's grading system, which benefited a charter school run by a top political donor, were "plausible."

Maine Gov. Signs Order Proclaiming Local Control Over Standards

By guest blogger Catherine Gewertz Under pressure from common-core opponents, Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage has signed an executive order declaring that the state's schools are fully in charge of the academic standards that guide their teaching. Maine adopted the common standards in April of 2011. According to the Associated Press and local news media, LePage signed the order yesterday. The Republican governor had been getting heat from conservative opponents of the standards, who were concerned that local control over education was being eroded, and that student data would be inappropriately shared as part of the initiative. The order says ...

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