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November 17, 2015

Massachusetts Board Approves Hybrid PARCC, State Test

By an 8-3 vote, the state school board approved creation of a new English and mathematics test to be administered by all of the state's schools by 2017.

October 27, 2015

Where Can You Keep the Common Core by 'Repealing' It? In Arizona, Maybe

The vote by Arizona's state school board formally repeals the standards, but also leaves them on the books for now. So what gives?

October 26, 2015

Merryl Tisch to Leave N.Y. Regents After Busy, Polarizing Tenure

Tisch oversaw big changes to Empire State K-12 policy during her six-year tenure as the leader of the Regents, and unleashed a torrent of political controversy in the process.

September 24, 2015

Kentucky Picks Achieve's Stephen Pruitt to Take Over as State Chief

At Achieve, Pruitt oversaw the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, which have been adopted by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

September 16, 2015

Preliminary Illinois PARCC Scores: Fewer than 4 in 10 Students Reach Proficiency

Proficiency rates hovered at about one-third for English/language arts, and were a bit lower in math, ranging from 17 percent proficiency on the high school math exam to 36 percent in 3rd grade math.

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.

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