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June 10, 2015

Reading, Common Core, and Choice: Dissecting Gov. Walker's Education C.V.

Gov. Scott Walker was keen to tout his K-12 record in Wisconsin in a recent Iowa newspaper. But what are the facts, and how does the Badger State stack up to the nation?

June 10, 2015

Red Light, Green Light: How Integrated Are States' College-Readiness Policies?

Do high schools' course requirements match up with minimum admissions standards in states' higher education systems? And do all states even have definitions of "college ready"?

June 08, 2015

Nation's 'Disinvestment' in Public Schools Is Crippling Poor Students, Reports Say

Are prominent school funding advocates satisfied that states are now giving schools robust and well-targeted financial support? Not even close.

June 04, 2015

Hello McFly, One More Time: South Carolina's 1998 Standards Push

Back in 1998, South Carolina decided to give its new standards some bite by holding students and schools more accountable through standardized tests.

June 03, 2015

Missouri Drops Smarter Balanced Common-Core Exam

A provision of the state education budget signed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would cut off funding for the Smarter Balanced exam and require a new test for the next school year.

June 02, 2015

The Five Stages of Common Core on the Standards' 5th Anniversary

Five years after it was unveiled in Suwanee, Ga., the common core has created two parallel channels of reaction: one among its cheerleaders, and another among its critics.

June 01, 2015

Five Trends Demand Smart States

Innovation is sustained by advocacy and policy, and that makes the role of state leadership and policy essential. In this blog we explore how governors, education chiefs, and policy makers should go about creating conditions that could help more young people develop critical think, communication, collaboration, creativity, and competitiveness.

June 01, 2015

In Nod to Florida, Texas Lawmakers Approve A-F Grades for Schools

On May 31, Lone Star State lawmakers approved House Bill 2804, which would extend the state's current method of giving districts letter grades to individual schools.

June 01, 2015

Choice Program Open to All Public School Parents Approved by Nevada Lawmakers

If signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval, who is a school choice proponent, parents will be able to use the per-pupil funding earmarked for their child toward nonpublic school expenses.

May 28, 2015

Gov. Christie Repudiates Common Core, Wants 'New Jersey-Based' Standards

"It's time to have standards that are even higher," Gov. Chris Christie, a former common-core supporter, said in a May 28 speech.

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