June 2014 Archives

Michigan will not administer the Smarter Balanced test in 2014-15, but there's more to the story when it comes to the state's next assessment.


A Center for American Progress report highlights states and districts that it believes are implementing common core the right way.


A group of Colorado districts and the state PTA have started a new fight over K-12 finance, saying the state is failing to adhere to its constitutional funding mandate.


Members of the Oklahoma state school board and others seek to overturn a law repealing common core in that state, saying it gives the legislature too much power over standards.


Districts have the option of picking one of two state tests for the 2014-15 school year, so which test has proven more popular so far?


Janet Barresi, the current Oklahoma state superintendent, was walloped in the state's GOP primary Tuesday, by former state board member, Joy Hofmeister.


Ten states have adopted laws in the last 18 months that place new restrictions or other requirements on state school boards as they consider adopting standards


Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that will expand the state's tax-credit scholarship program to a larger range of students.


New York state lawmakers have approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bill changing the impact of assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards when it comes to teacher and principal evaluations.


John Huppenthal apologizes for comments that may have been considered offensive.


In its showdown with lawmakers, what would happen if the Washington state Supreme Court ordered an increase in taxes to pay for a larger K-12 budget?


How is the 2016 presidential campaign affecting, and not affecting, support for the common core among Republican governors?


Louisiana's governor wants the state to "develop our own standards and our own tests," but he will likely have a fight on his hands with the state schools' chief and board still backing the common core.


Groups ranging from the state PTA and the Florida School Boards Association are pushing Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would expand the state's tax-credit scholarship program.


What did the "pro-common core bill" vetoed by Louisiana's governor really say, and where is the split in GOP governors' positions on the common core?


There's significantly higher funding for career education, early learning, and the common-core transition in the budget Golden State lawmakers passed June 15.


A June 13 panel of education officials and analysts agreed that empowering local officials to create their own solutions is often the best approach.


Washington state's Supreme Court court has warned lawmakers that they could be held in contempt over K-12 funding, with a variety of possible sanctions.


The Arkansas Board of Education has selected Tony Wood, the current deputy commissioner at the state education department, to be its new state education commissioner.


A panel of judges in Kansas has ruled that state lawmakers satisfied an order from the state Supreme Court to make its K-12 finance system more equitable


Small rural and alternative schools in Alaska will soon be rated with a different formula than that which is used for other schools


A high-powered panel discussion in Washington focused on school and student accountability, but revealed disparate attitudes about the importance of testing.


The primary races in the South Carolina superintendent's election are headed to June 24 run-offs, with two Republicans and two Democrats set to face each other.


In a June 10 letter, a senior Gates Foundation official says the philanthropy supports a two-year moratorium on using assessments aligned with the common core to evaluate teachers or promote students.


Will North Carolina be the next state to step back from the common core, and how does its state superintendent feel about the recent activity?


The Kansas National Education Association is filing a legal challenge to a new law that eliminated due-process rights for state teachers.


Two of the five biggest states by K-12 enrollment, California and Florida, are battlegrounds for new or evolving lawsuits that focus on the adequacy and use of educational resources.


States where students are scheduled to take tests from two federally funded consortia account for 42 percent of national K-12 enrollment.


Five months after coming to the defense of the Common Core State Standards, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill to replace them.


South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, has signed a bill mandating the replacement of the common core with new state standards in 2015-16.


The state superintendent's race in California is headed to a run-off, with incumbent Superintendent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck squaring off Nov. 4.


A survey finds that while most top district administrators support the Common Core State Standards, they also have mixed feelings about other policies associated with the common core.


What makes for robust school accountability systems from states, and where do parents and researchers differ about which states do the best job with those reports?


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