Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, said in a speech in Washington that the Common Core State Standards are not a federal program, but a crucial part of states' efforts to improve their economies.

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Mike Pence said that Indiana's contents standards would be "written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers."

In 2002, only eight states used graduation rates in school accountability systems, the Education Commission of the States found; that had jumped to 44, plus the District of Columbia, in 2013.

Still, an official with the StudentsFirst advocacy organization says that state policy has improved somewhat since last year on what the group flags as high-priority areas.

Only three states decreased their prekindergarten spending in the fiscal 2014 year, according to a new report from the Education Commission of the States.

Among the changes Florida is considering is the addition of 52 calculus standards, and the requirement that elementary students master cursive writing.

In addition to a legislator's call for more time to review the Common Core State Standards in Indiana, a Maryland lawmaker would conditionally prohibit its statewide assessment from being administered this spring.

Mark Murphy told a state representative that he wouldn't always agree with the group, but that he viewed his membership as a way to help drive major change in Delaware.

As she begins her run for governor, the Wyoming superintendent faces the possibility of impeachment by lawmakers due to possible misconduct.

Florida K-12 chief Pam Stewart also told state lawmakers that any changes to the common core in the state won't impact the test that's ultimately selected.


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