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August 15, 2014

Next Generation Science Standards: Which States Adopted and When?

Since the common science standards were finalized in April 2013, 12 states and the District of Columbia have adopted them.

August 14, 2014

Use of NAEP Scores in Special Education Evaluation System Meant to Be Temporary

The Education Department responds to concerns from GOP lawmakers that it is using the National Assessment of Educational Progress inappropriately to grade states on academic performance.

August 12, 2014

Special Education Evaluation Process Under Fire From Senate Republicans

The "results-driven accountability" framework unveiled in June is an example of overreach from the U.S. Department of Education, says a letter from Republican leaders on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee.

August 01, 2014

New York Drops Proposal for Out-of-Level Testing in NCLB Waiver Extension

The state had sought the ability to test certain students with disabilities on tests up to two years below their official instructional level.

July 17, 2014

D.C. Council Set to Vote on Special Education Improvements

Observers say the District of Columbia schools, which has had a dysfunctional special education program for years, has been making notable improvements.

July 15, 2014

Armed Teachers 'Will Not Make Schools Safer,' Mo. Governor Says In Veto

Gov. Jay Nixon calls mechanism for arming teachers "simply the wrong approach."

July 03, 2014

La. Graduation Flexibility Law Creates 'Significant Concerns' for Ed. Dept.

The new measure allows IEP teams to create graduation requirements, but that may end up running afoul of current federal policy, according to a recent letter to John White, the state's school chief.

June 25, 2014

Education Secretary Lauds Revised Special Education Evaluation System

The evaluation system used in previous years focused on compliance, but not as much on how well students were learning, said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

June 04, 2014

Two States Receive Grants to Reform Discipline Policies

Oregon and Virginia will each receive $5,000 grants to reform school discipline policies in each state, with the goal of making them less punitive and exclusionary.

May 15, 2014

A Few States Spawn Most Complaints on Special Education, Says Study

Concern about special education lawsuits is widespread, but complaints are common only in a handful of states, according to a longitudinal analysis of due process complaints.

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