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May 01, 2014

S.C. State Board Chairman to State Chief: Sorry, Smarter Balanced Stays

South Carolina lawmakers may be about to drop the Smarter Balanced test, but the state board chairman and state superintendent continue to battle over the assessment.

May 01, 2014

Federal Waivers, an Advocacy Group, and Teacher Evaluations: A Michigan Story

Michigan lawmakers are upset with an advocacy group for invoking NCLB waivers in discussions about teacher-evaluation bills under consideration.

April 28, 2014

Common-Core Testing Group Officially Loses Another State

Smarter Balanced has made S.C. Superintendent Mick Zais' controversial decision official, and no longer lists the state as a consortium member.

April 25, 2014

Arkansas State Education Chief Leaving to Take Over District in State

Tom Kimbrell of Arkansas becomes the latest of many state superintendents to announce that they're leaving their jobs in 2014.

April 25, 2014

Common-Core News Roundup From Ky. and N.C., Plus an Ariz. Veto

Kentucky will consider making additions to the Common Core State Standards, while a legislative panel in North Carolina says the state should drop the standards.

April 23, 2014

Chiefs at CCSSO Event Say Implementation Focus Put Politics on Backburner

"The extent to which the political conversation rose up on the right and on the left was surprising, because we've been talking about this for four years," Tennessee Commissioner Huffman said.

April 23, 2014

Despite Common-Core Politics, Chiefs Say Standards, Accountability Will Remain

Four state education chiefs say they remain committed to using the Common Core State Standards and holding schools and teachers accountable for their progress.

April 21, 2014

Standards Slated to Replace Common Core in Indiana Clear First Hurdle

A state panel led by Gov. Mike Pence and state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz recommended that the state board approve a new set of content standards.

April 18, 2014

Tennessee, Arne Duncan's Show Horse, Set to Delay PARCC Tests for One Year

A plan in Tennessee to delay the administration of PARCC tests by one year is heading to Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature.

April 18, 2014

S.C. State Board Boss Lambasts Mick Zais, But Has Dim Hopes for Smarter Balanced

The chairman of the South Carolina state board, Barry Bolen, blasted Superintendent Mick Zais, saying that the board retained the authority to pick the state's assessment.

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