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April 21, 2015

North Dakota Gets on the Preschool Train

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, a Republican, signed a bill into law providing $3 million in state grants to preschool programs for students from low-income families.

April 20, 2015

English-Learner Advocate Appointed to California Board of Education

In January, leaders in 20 nonprofit organizations wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown, asking him to consider the importance of appointing a champion for ELLs, who constitute a quarter of the state's K-12 student population.

April 20, 2015

PARCC Opt-Outs Raise Question About Score Validity

There are two testing windows for PARCC, one of two assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. What implications does that have for students who might opt out?

April 20, 2015

Washington Teachers Plan Strikes to Protest State K-12 Funding Proposals

Teachers in the Evergreen State say lawmakers aren't doing enough to satisfy a voter-approved initiative to cut class size and meet other K-12 budget imperatives.

April 17, 2015

Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning

As federal policy makers signal support for innovation, the time is ripe for state leadership. CCSSO just released a new resource to help state leaders build strategies that support innovation and improve outcomes for all students.

April 16, 2015

N.J. Opt-Out Stats: Under 5 Percent for Early Grades, Near 15 Percent for H.S.

New Jersey has attracted a fair bit of media attention over the opt-out issue, but getting hard-and-fast numbers about opt-outs can be a difficult exercise.

April 15, 2015

Montana Lets Schools Cancel Smarter Balanced Testing After Technical Woes

Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau said it would be "in the best interest of our students" to let districts cancel Smarter Balanced testing if necessary.

April 15, 2015

Improving Accountability Systems to Create Internal Responsibility

How state systems of accountability can support doing good, not just looking good.

April 14, 2015

Last Days for Illinois K-12 Chief Koch? Governor Seeks 'Transformational' Leader

Gov. Bruce Rauner said that while he likes Christopher Koch, the state needs a new K-12 leader, and the state school board could be ready to pick one.

April 13, 2015

Washington State Early-Ed. Bill Passes, Funding Debate Continues

A bill to expand early-learning opportunities gets approval from both the GOP-controlled Senate and the Democratically-controlled House, but the budget remains up in the air.

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