Smarter Balanced Delays Spur Headaches in Wisconsin, Montana, and Elsewhere

In addition to a delay, Wisconsin had to eliminate certain questions from its Smarter Balanced exam, after opting not to use the adaptive testing feature of the test.


Tenn. Accused of Inadequate School Funding in Districts' Lawsuit

The districts allege that the state underestimated the cost of teachers' salaries by about $532 million and that the districts face yearly shortfalls in the classroom amounting to about $134 million


Following Swift Change to State Law, Ark. Picks Former Senator as New Chief

Johnny Key, who did not meet earlier prerequisites for the commissioner's job, served in the state legislature from 2003 to 2013 and at one time led the state Senate education committee


A-F School Accountability Over in Virginia After Gov. Terry McAuliffe Signs Bill

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, signed A-F into law two years ago, but the bill ending it came from a fellow Republican in the state Senate.


Arne Duncan Urges Leadership From State Chiefs on Common Core, Equity, Testing

The U.S. Secretary of Education told members of the Council of Chief State School Officers that states could take the lead on issues like overtesting and early education.


Common Core and White Privilege: The Claim With a Long Internet Life

Close to a year ago, one of the common core's authors made a remark about his race when talking about the standards. How have his remarks been discussed and publicized?


Open Enrollment, Easier Path for National Charter Operators Considered in Fla. Bill

A wide-reaching bill from a Florida senator who previously backed a parent-trigger law would affect open-enrollment and charter school policies.


Mich. Picks Local Superintendent With Lobbying Background as Next State Chief

Brian Whiston, the head of Dearborn public schools, will replace Mike Flanagan, the longest-serving state superintendent in the nation.


Bill Allowing Charter Schools Passes in Alabama, Awaits Gov. Bentley's Signature

If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the legislation allowing charter schools, the number of states not allowing charters will drop to seven.


La. Gov. Bobby Jindal's Latest Common-Core Repeal Plan Mirrors Okla. Template

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced legislation to upend the Common Core State Standards and aligned tests in that state, and give lawmakers ultimate power over replacement standards.


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