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June 06, 2013

Kline and House Republicans Release NCLB Renewal Bill

In the latest bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind, House Republicans want to give states maximum flexibility, except when it comes to teacher evaluations.

June 06, 2013

Alexander, Senate Republicans Introduce Own NCLB Bill

Sen. Alexander is counting on transparency, not federally approved goals, to be the main lever for school improvement.

June 04, 2013

How Would the New NCLB Reauthorization Bill Affect School Climate?

The new Democratic bill, though facing political difficulties, would mark a big step forward for collecting data on school climate.

May 29, 2013

Testing Holiday for High Achievers Offered Under Texas Bill

Texas lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would allow high-performing students to skip some of the state's reading and math tests.

May 28, 2013

CORE Districts Get Specific, Resubmit NCLB Waiver Plan

In their revised application, the nine California districts seeking a No Child Left Behind Act waiver dropped plans to count only the test scores from the last grade in each school for accountability purposes.

May 20, 2013

Alaska, Hawaii, West Virginia Win NCLB Waivers

Thirty-seven states plus the District of Columbia now have their own federally approved but state-crafted accountability plans.

May 10, 2013

Defining, Then Serving, the Whole Child

When I hear the term "whole child" these days that I'm not always sure that my understanding--and I'll make a claim to including everything from kids' very individual brains and hearts and bodies to their connections with family, community, and tradition--is quite what others have in mind. I hope it is, but somehow I can't equate an emphasis merely on the detailed enumerations of standards represented by the Common Core or multiple-choice tests (and teaching geared toward them) with any reasonably whole children I know.

May 03, 2013

CORE Districts to Make Big Changes to Try to Win NCLB Waiver

The nine California districts will no longer use only the test scores of the final grade in a school for accountability purposes.

April 30, 2013

How Will Indiana's Common Core 'Pause' Affect Its NCLB Waiver?

To get its waiver, Indiana attested that it had adopted the Common Core State Standards and is participating in a testing consortium. Both are now in doubt.

April 23, 2013

Putting Emphasis on Teacher Quality

Teacher observations have also become more thorough and meaningful in most states than they used to be.

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