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August 21, 2015

Despite High Opt-Out Rates, Education Department Won't Punish N.Y., Report Says

Federal law requires each school to test at least 95 percent of its students or else the district or state could face sanctions, some as severe as losing Title I money for low-income students.

August 10, 2015

Not Putting on the Ritz: Indiana Schools Chief Drops Out of Governor's Race

Ritz announced she was pulling out of the race in order to focus on a bid for a second term as state superintendent. Indiana's gubernatorial election is next year.

August 06, 2015

Students Need Not Meet Common-Core Test's Cut Score to Graduate in Wash. St.

To be considered ready for credit-bearing college work, students should score at levels 3 or 4, but the state school board set a different minimum score to earn a diploma.

August 03, 2015

Ariz. Chief Douglas Continues Fight With State Board Over Department Control

In her appeal of a court ruling, state Superintendent Diane Douglas accused state board staff of running a "shadow administration" within Arizona's education apparatus.

July 30, 2015

Ark. Common-Core Review Recommends a Smartphone App ... And Another Review

The latest state to complete a review of the standards is Arkansas. But its review has led to a somewhat unusual, if not unique, recommendation.

July 14, 2015

Former N.Y. K-12 Official Ken Wagner Picked to Be Rhode Island Chief

As a deputy commissioner in New York state, Wagner played a key role in overseeing how the state shifted to the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments.

July 09, 2015

N.Y. Has 'No Current Plans' to Give PARCC; Ark. Ditches the Consortium Test

The Arkansas state board voted to use the ACT Aspire test instead, concluding a public spat over which common-core exam the state would use next year.

June 23, 2015

PARCC Showdown in Arkansas as Governor Tries to Kill Test

Earlier this month, the Arkansas board of education voted 7-1 to continue using the PARCC exam, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson is refusing to go along.

June 18, 2015

La. Court Rules Against Gov. Bobby Jindal's Bid to Stop Common-Core Testing

A Louisiana court has ruled against Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in his attempt to block state testing aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

June 11, 2015

Arkansas Board Rejects Switch From PARCC to ACT, Defying Gov. Hutchinson

The Arkansas Times reported that the board's 7-1 vote not to switch to the ACT Aspire test for 2015-16 school year was a "surprising rebuke" of Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

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