September 2013 Archives

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

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.

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

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

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 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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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."

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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