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March 17, 2014

Florida Picks Common-Core Test From AIR, Not PARCC

Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart has selected the American Institutes for Research to develop a new common-core aligned exam for the state's assessment.

March 17, 2014

Arne Duncan Points State Chiefs to 'Common-Sense Middle' on Testing

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said states need to take a balanced approach to assessments and use common-core tests wisely without relying on them too heavily.

March 12, 2014

Virginia Superintendent Wright Set to Retire Later This Year

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright will leave the department in May, as Virginia's education policy landscape undergoes key shifts.

March 06, 2014

N.J. Union's Position on Testing and Evaluations Disingenuous, Chief Says

On the eve of his departure as New Jersey schools chief, Chris Cerf criticizes the state union's 'misinformation' on teacher evaluation.

February 27, 2014

Gov. Christie Taps David Hespe as New Jersey Education Commissioner

A former chief of staff to then-commissioner Chris Cerf, Hespe held New Jersey's top education post more than a decade ago.

February 20, 2014

Indiana Releases Draft of New Academic Standards to Replace Common Core

The Indiana Department of Education has released a draft version of new content standards for English/language arts and math that would replace the Common Core State Standards that were adopted by the state in 2010.

February 18, 2014

Adjustments to Common Core in Florida Approved by State School Board

The changes to the common core in Florida include the addition of new standards related to calculus, and a new basic requirement for cursive writing.

February 12, 2014

N.Y. Lawsuit Seeks More School Funding for 'Sound Basic Education'

A new lawsuit claims that New York state has not lived up to the K-12 funding commitments it began to satisfy in 2007, citing budget cuts in recent years.

February 11, 2014

Chris Cerf Departing as N.J. Chief to Take Job at Amplify

The Garden State's K-12 chief used to work under Amplify boss Joel Klein in New York City's school system and oversaw charter-school expansion and new accountability measures in New Jersey.

January 31, 2014

PARCC Common-Core Testing Consortium Loses Kentucky as Member

Kentucky had been uncertain for many months about whether it would use the PARCC tests for common standards.

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