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April 04, 2014

State Lawmakers Take Steps to Keep Cursive in the Classroom

States move to keep cursive instruction in classrooms, despite its absence from the common core.

April 03, 2014

Florida Educators Share Lessons From Extra-Reading-Hour Initiative

In 2012, Florida required its 100 lowest-performing elementary schools to add an extra hour to their school day and to spend that hour on reading instruction.

April 01, 2014

PARCC Membership Drops to 17

With the recent defection of Florida, membership in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has fallen to 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, as reflected in an updated EdWeek map.

April 01, 2014

Tracking Common-Core Backlash in State Legislatures

Amid all the noise, to what extent are states actually considering hedging their involvement with the common core or dropping it altogether?

March 19, 2014

Race to the Top Reports Size Up Progress of Common-Core Implementation

Reports on states' progress with Race to the Top plans show that states are at significantly different stages of implementing the Common Core State Standards.

March 17, 2014

Florida Skips Over PARCC, Selecting Common-Core Test From AIR

State Commissioner Pam Stewart says Florida will go with assessments from the American Institutes of Research rather than the PARCC testing consortium.

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 13, 2014

State 'DREAM Acts' Hotly Debated in Immigrant-Rich New York and Florida

Lawmakers in both states are haggling over legislation that seeks to make public colleges and universities more affordable to high school graduates who lack legal immigration status.

March 07, 2014

Accountability Pause Sought for Florida Schools in Democratic Senator's Bill

The legislation from Sen. Bill Montford would assign a task force to create recommendations for a new accountability system for the 2017-18 school year.

February 24, 2014

Florida Releases 'Value Added' Data on Teachers

Florida becomes the latest state to bow to a court's request that teacher value-added data be released to news outlets.

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