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The N.Y. state teachers' union is now calling for an end to participation in field tests being administered by the Pearson testing company.

The National Association of State Boards of Education is concerned about at least one legislature's attempt to increase its oversight of content standards.

Both chambers of the legislature passed a bill that would require Oklahoma to draft a new set of standards in math and English/language arts. But it's far from certain that Gov. Mary Fallin, a common-core backer, will sign it.

The Republican-controlled legislature voted to override a veto by Gov. Fallin, putting an end to the state's policy for retaining 3rd graders who fail a state reading test.

Common-core supporters did well in primary races for state superintendent positions in Georgia and Idaho on May 20.

After several attempts by lawmakers to ban the common core outright in Missouri, the state is on the verge of developing a new set of standards over two years.

Michigan has become the most recent state to face big questions about its assessment plans under the Common Core State Standards.

Two U.S. senators today released a draft of a bill that would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

The Wyoming Department of Education has told its schools to prepare for life without a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act for the 2014-15 school year.

Due to their contract language with the local district, teachers in Wichita may be protected from a new Kansas law that ends due-process rights for K-12 educators.

A report from the Alabama-based research and advocacy group claims that wild-eyed attacks from some conservatives on the standards have a larger, more insidious goal.

Despite federal Judge Mark Walker's criticisms of Florida's evaluation system, he declined to strike it down, saying it was a legal method for judging teachers.

The proposed teacher-evaluation system would value professional development and replace an outdated model of judging educators, Texas K-12 chief Michael Williams said.

Two new polls poke into Americans' attitudes about the common-core standards by political viewpoint, and come up with different conclusions.

Florida lawmakers have approved expanded eligibility for the state's tax-credit scholarship program, while Arizona's superintendent unveiled a plan regarding aid to certain private-school students.

The national testing environment continues to get more complicated, and the push against the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers continues in Louisiana.

The U.S. Department of Education says Indiana needs to provided an amended NCLB waiver to satisfy new concerns about standards and testing.

The bill from a California senator would ask voters to change a law approved in 1998 that requires English-only instruction in public schools.

The testing consortium announced that it's lowering the cost of it's assessment to, at most, about $24 per student.

South Carolina lawmakers may be about to drop the Smarter Balanced test, but the state board chairman and state superintendent continue to battle over the assessment.

Michigan lawmakers are upset with an advocacy group for invoking NCLB waivers in discussions about teacher-evaluation bills under consideration.


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