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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.

June 08, 2015

Arkansas Poised to Drop PARCC's Common-Core Test in Favor of ACT

Arkansas was one of 10 states, along with the District of Columbia, to use the PARCC test in the 2014-15 school year.

June 03, 2015

Missouri Drops Smarter Balanced Common-Core Exam

A provision of the state education budget signed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would cut off funding for the Smarter Balanced exam and require a new test for the next school year.

May 26, 2015

Former Tampa Schools Boss MaryEllen Elia Named N.Y. K-12 Chief

The former superintendent of Florida's Hillsborough County schools is poised to become New York state's next K-12 commissioner, according to reports.

May 14, 2015

One Step Closer to a New Accountability System for California Schools?

California is hammering out a new state accountability system to complement its school funding system and local accountability models. What might Golden State accountability look like in the future?

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.

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