Jim Rier is currently Maine's acting commissioner, and has worked at the state department since 2003, when he became its director of finance and operations.
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January 07, 2014
January 03, 2014
The North Carolina state board is considering assessment options for the common core, but state lawmakers will also have a say, and are studying the issue.
December 31, 2013
Many of the most popular blog posts for State EdWatch in 2013 concerned the common core, while others Involved big names like Arne Duncan, Tony Bennett, and Michelle Rhee.
December 26, 2013
The Arizona department says it doesn't make sense to make decisions about school accountability and reading retention until a new "baseline" is set in 2014-15.
December 24, 2013
A review of the top curriculum posts of 2013, and a lighthearted look ahead to the headlines you probably won't see in 2014.
December 19, 2013
A state senator wants voters to decide whether to create an elected state school board that would pick the state superintendent, now chosen by the governor.
December 02, 2013
Compared to other tests from groups including ACT and Amplify, the study said Smarter Balanced assessments remained the best choice for Michigan.
November 04, 2013
A new Indiana A-F school accountability system approved by a legislative panel Nov. 1 would put more emphasis on student growth.
October 29, 2013
The Michigan Legislature has allowed state spending on the common core to resume following an Oct. 29 vote in the House of Representatives.
October 24, 2013
The Michigan Senate voted to allow the state to resume spending on the common core, but also said lawmakers aren't committed to Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests.