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May 27, 2015

Louisiana Common-Core Compromise Progresses, But Uncertainty Tags Along

Louisiana's compromise concerning the Common Core State Standards is moving ahead in the state legislature, but it hasn't crossed the finish line or cleared other hurdles.

May 20, 2015

Minnesota Heads to Special Session Over Education Aid, Joining Washington St.

The Minnesota legislature is heading to a special session over education funding, after Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a spending bill that he said was inadequate.

May 20, 2015

Ohio House Passes Bill to Cut PARCC Test; Plus, Md. and Ill. Testing News

The number of states curtailing or considering a review of their involvement with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam has grown in recent weeks.

May 13, 2015

Louisiana Lawmakers Strike Preliminary Deal Over Common Core

The deal could signal an approaching peace, or at least a cease-fire, in the long-running war over the common core and the PARCC test in Louisiana.

May 08, 2015

Illinois Pension-Law Overhaul Unconstitutional, State's Supreme Court Rules

On Friday, the state's top court unanimously ruled that the law violated the provision of the state's constitution related specifically to pensions.

May 08, 2015

Anti-Common-Core Bills Diversify as Democrats' Skepticism Grows, Report Says

"To move from vague proclamations of support to full implementation requires highly specific decisions to be made about who to target, how much money to invest, and which stakeholders to engage," the researchers wrote in their Brookings Institution paper.

May 07, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Cut Testing Requirements by Focusing on Older Students

Lawmakers passed House Bill 1323 by wide margins on May 6 and sent it to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper for his signature.

May 05, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Mull Test Reduction and Test-Writing Power for Districts

Such legislation could serve to satisfy testing skeptics or outright opponents from different political camps, without going so far as to defy federal law regarding testing.

May 01, 2015

Golden Rule? N.C. Senate Approves ALEC Model Bill on Gold-Standard Instruction

The bill, modeled on language proposed by the American Legislative Exchange Council, also requires students to be taught about limited government power.

April 29, 2015

N.J. Officials Strike Preliminary Deal Over PARCC's Weight in Teacher Evaluations

The use of test scores in teacher evaluations continues to be a controversial issue in many states, and New Jersey could soon agree to reduce the weight of PARCC scores in the 2015-16 evaluations.

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