Edwards received a groundswell of support from the state's teachers' unions for his opposition to vouchers and charter schools.
Continue the focus on achievement gaps, teacher quality, and assessments, John B. King Jr., who is to take over as acting head of the Education Department, told state chiefs.
An ESEA reauthorization deal that passed a congressional conference panel on Thursday stands to shift much school turnaround and accountability work to the states.
By an 8-3 vote, the state school board approved creation of a new English and mathematics test to be administered by all of the state's schools by 2017.
In addition to the scores from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), Smarter Balanced, and other common-core tests from the past school year, the interactive presentation includes scores from previous state tests.
Massachusetts' education commissioner is recommending that students take a hybrid test in 2017 that would include material from both the state's own test and the PARCC common-core-aligned assessment.
A preliminary deal between state lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf could end a five-month standoff that's forced some school districts to borrow money to stay afloat.
Before leading Ohio's Department of Education, Richard Ross served as a district-level superintendent and an education adviser to Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
As Montana's superintendent she's overseen efforts to improve the state's graduation rate and some of its most disadvantaged American Indian students.
Business executive Matt Bevin opposes the common core, which Kentucky is currently reviewing, and wants to create a new voucher program for students in the Bluegrass State.