December 2013 Archives

Many of the most popular blog posts for State EdWatch in 2013 concerned the common core, while others Involved big names like Arne Duncan, Tony Bennett, and Michelle Rhee.

A prominent common-core supporter and chief of the first state to adopt the standards, Holliday has served as CCSSO's president-elect over the last year.

The Arizona department says it doesn't make sense to make decisions about school accountability and reading retention until a new "baseline" is set in 2014-15.

A review of the top curriculum posts of 2013, and a lighthearted look ahead to the headlines you probably won't see in 2014.

A strong supporter of the common core, Luna becomes the second current elected Republican superintendent to join Chiefs for Change, along with Oklahoma's Janet Barresi.

In several states, education departments' budgets often were not connected to their overall strategies, a Center on Reinventing Public Education report says.

A state senator wants voters to decide whether to create an elected state school board that would pick the state superintendent, now chosen by the governor.

The list of governors issuing executive orders regarding the common core continues to grow, and so far they are all Republican leaders.

A report from the New America foundation raises the question of whether states are intervening in the rights schools under their NCLB waivers.

Murphy, appointed in 2012 by Gov. Jack Markell, becomes the seventh member of the group that is backed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's K-12 foundation.

Zais pushed for expanded school choice in South Carolina and also expressed consistent opposition to the Common Core State Standards.

Matthew Blomstedt told state board members during his interview that it might make sense to align Nebraska's academic standards with the common core.

The bill had been described by its author, state Sen. Will Kraus, a Republican, as a "starting point" in dealing with the political influence of educators.

The former Arkansas governor said he is dissatisfied with the implementation of the common core and how it has become "hijacked" by other interests.

The proposed bill from a state Republican lawmaker would allow certain institutes of higher education to authorize charter schools in Pennsylvania.

Local officials in Los Angeles and elsewhere say that new data-reporting requirements from the state shouldn't hurt their budgets this year.

Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education James H. Shelton argued that other nations' decision to expand on what has been successful U.S. education policy helps explain lagging U.S. scores on PISA.

In her executive order, Gov. Mary Fallin also says that the state's standards won't jeopardize student privacy or parents who home-school their children.

Indiana superintendent Glenda Ritz says the document shows state officials are planning to remove her as chairwoman of the state school board.

The free-market-oriented organization is considering draft bills dealing with school choice and a state records database with academic information on individual students.

The study from the Oklahoma education department about A-F grades said an October report critical of the system was in fact misleading in several ways.

Compared to other tests from groups including ACT and Amplify, the study said Smarter Balanced assessments remained the best choice for Michigan.


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