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October 26, 2015

Louisiana State Board Elections Give Boost to Common Core

Of the eight seats on the 11-member Louisiana state school board that were up for election, six were won by those that favor the common core.

October 22, 2015

Wash. State Schools Chief Randy Dorn Won't Seek Another Term

A former school teacher and state lawmaker, Dorn has been at the center of several interesting K-12 policy and political events in the Evergreen State.

October 21, 2015

Will Massachusetts Use PARCC, But Not the PARCC Test, Next Year?

After months of weighing whether to use the PARCC test or its previous state exam next year, Massachusetts K-12 officials now might consider a third choice.

October 15, 2015

Texas Commissioner Michael Williams to Resign at Year's End

During his time in Texas, Williams oversaw the state's shift to new academic standards and new assessments, and had disputes with the Education Department over the state's NCLB waiver.

October 15, 2015

Chiefs Share Insights From School-Turnaround Efforts in New Mexico, Utah

Has any state cracked the code when it comes to turning around schools that have been foundering for decades?

October 14, 2015

Ark. Chief Backtracks, Says State Will Use PARCC's Cut Scores for College Readiness

"Our description of Level 3 and above as reflecting students being 'on track for college and career readiness' was in error," Arkansas chief Johnny Key said in his statement.

October 12, 2015

What Counts as Proficient on the PARCC Exam? Arkansas Moves Up the Limbo Stick

Arkansas joins Ohio as a state that will report PARCC scores differently than the testing consortium when it comes to student performance.

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 23, 2015

Texas Adopted Tougher Math Standards, Then Test Scores Went Up. What Happened?

Anticipate lower proficiency rates on standardized tests. That's what happens, people say, when you adopt tough new standards and tests. Well it's not what happened in Texas.

September 10, 2015

A 'Tremendous Teacher Shortage' in Okla. Confronts First-Year Chief

To help battle Oklahoma's teacher shortage, state chief Joy Hofmeister is calling for a $5,000 increase in base pay for teacher salaries over the next five years.

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