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Florida and Louisiana are at different stages of reconsidering their school accountability systems as they transition to new standards and tests.


Evergreen State lawmakers say they've made some progress in meeting court-mandated spending increases by 2018, but concede in a new report there's a long way to go.


Smarter Balanced has made S.C. Superintendent Mick Zais' controversial decision official, and no longer lists the state as a consortium member.


After months of debate, the Indiana state school board voted to adopt new standards that in many ways mirror the Common Core State Standards.


The bill signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal would allow individuals with prior permission from public or private schools to carry a gun on school property.


Tom Kimbrell of Arkansas becomes the latest of many state superintendents to announce that they're leaving their jobs in 2014.


Kentucky will consider making additions to the Common Core State Standards, while a legislative panel in North Carolina says the state should drop the standards.


State education agencies need to delegate more responsibilities to outside groups and slim down in light of past failures, a new report states.


"The extent to which the political conversation rose up on the right and on the left was surprising, because we've been talking about this for four years," Tennessee Commissioner Huffman said.


Four state education chiefs say they remain committed to using the Common Core State Standards and holding schools and teachers accountable for their progress.


Negotiations over accountability for tax-credit scholarship students in Florida highlights competing desires for many state lawmakers.


A state panel led by Gov. Mike Pence and state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz recommended that the state board approve a new set of content standards.


Democratic legislators in California are pushing for an expansion of early education, but they may not get a lot of help from fellow Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown.


"I have made the decision to wind down the organization over the coming months," inBloom CEO Iwan Streichenberger said in a statement.


A plan in Tennessee to delay the administration of PARCC tests by one year is heading to Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature.


The chairman of the South Carolina state board, Barry Bolen, blasted Superintendent Mick Zais, saying that the board retained the authority to pick the state's assessment.


Analysts are weighing in on the final draft of Indiana's new content standards, which are due for approval by the state board on April 28.


The indecision about the common-core standards in many states has led some teachers to believe that policymakers are leaving them in the lurch.


As in South Carolina, Louisiana is experiencing a dispute between state officials over whether PARCC tests should be given to students.


South Carolina Superintendent Mick Zais said he's withdrawing the state from Smarter Balanced regardless of what the state school board voted to do.


Despite a state education department official's announcement April 3 that the state would withdraw from Smarter Balanced, the state board voted not to do so April 9.


Evergreen State is on course to become the first state to lose its flexibility from the No Child Left Behind Act.


The Learning First Alliance said that it wants to be a resource for states struggling to regroup and take more time to get the common core right.


U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and other federal lawmakers want to "prohibit federal interference in determining state education standards and curriculum."


A school-finance package approved by Kansas lawmakers in response to a court ruling gives districts greater flexibility if they seek local tax increases.


The move by South Carolina to leave the testing consortium comes at a time when common core is facing political opposition in the state.


A bill that would have required Louisiana to develop new standards to replace its adoption of the common core died in the House of Representatives.


We needed to revise our map to keep you abreast of the national state of play on the standards. And we'll continue to do so as the landscape changes.


The two main Texas gubernatorial candidates are staking out turf on education policy issues, with the GOP hopeful recently focusing on early education.


Amid all the noise, to what extent are states actually considering hedging their involvement with the common core or dropping it altogether?


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