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June 12, 2014

What Should New Accountability Systems Emphasize and Measure?

A high-powered panel discussion in Washington focused on school and student accountability, but revealed disparate attitudes about the importance of testing.

June 10, 2014

Study: Lead Abatement Could Save Mich. Over $2 Million a Year in Special Ed. Costs

Every dollar invested in reducing lead exposure would pay for itself in three years, compared to the ongoing costs to support children and adults who are exposed to the toxin.

June 10, 2014

A Tool for Comparing States' Educational, and Economic, Performance

The National Science Foundation has created a data tool that allows for state-by-state comparisons of indicators of academic achievement, research and development, and economic growth.

June 10, 2014

Gates Foundation Backs Two-Year Accountability Delay Under Common Core

In a June 10 letter, a senior Gates Foundation official says the philanthropy supports a two-year moratorium on using assessments aligned with the common core to evaluate teachers or promote students.

June 09, 2014

California and Florida K-12 Lawsuits Treat Resources Differently

Two of the five biggest states by K-12 enrollment, California and Florida, are battlegrounds for new or evolving lawsuits that focus on the adequacy and use of educational resources.

June 09, 2014

Common-Core Pullouts in S.C. and Okla.: A Bad Sign?

States' rejection of common standards might not mean that the states are rejecting deeper learning, but advocates need to be vigilant.

June 06, 2014

Former N.M. Official's Signing of Contract for After-School Services Under Scrutiny

Hilary Noskin, a former general counsel with the New Mexico department of education, signed a contract between the state and an after-school provider despite her having a connection to that company, according to a media report.

June 06, 2014

Less Than Half of U.S. Students Slated to Take PARCC, Smarter Balanced Tests

States where students are scheduled to take tests from two federally funded consortia account for 42 percent of national K-12 enrollment.

June 05, 2014

Okla. Gov. Fallin Signs Bill to Replace Common Core With New Standards

Five months after coming to the defense of the Common Core State Standards, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill to replace them.

June 04, 2014

S.C. Governor Signs Bill Requiring State to Replace Common Core

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, has signed a bill mandating the replacement of the common core with new state standards in 2015-16.

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