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May 08, 2015

Anti-Common-Core Bills Diversify as Democrats' Skepticism Grows, Report Says

"To move from vague proclamations of support to full implementation requires highly specific decisions to be made about who to target, how much money to invest, and which stakeholders to engage," the researchers wrote in their Brookings Institution paper.

May 07, 2015

Montana Governor Signs Laws to Promote, Preserve Tribal Languages

The legislation signed by Gov. Steve Bullock will fund new language immersion programs in five Montana school systems and subsidize already-existing language preservation efforts.

May 07, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Cut Testing Requirements by Focusing on Older Students

Lawmakers passed House Bill 1323 by wide margins on May 6 and sent it to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper for his signature.

May 06, 2015

States: Overhauling Staff Policies Is Toughest Work in 'Turnaround' Schools

Researchers report that in 2012, a total of 38 states reported significant gaps in their expertise when it came to school turnarounds. And that number didn't improve the next year.

May 06, 2015

Report: Age Range for Required Schooling Expanding

Many states have extended the upper and lower limits of their compulsory education requirements, according to a report by the Education Commission of the States.

May 05, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Mull Test Reduction and Test-Writing Power for Districts

Such legislation could serve to satisfy testing skeptics or outright opponents from different political camps, without going so far as to defy federal law regarding testing.

May 05, 2015

More Perspectives on Testing Opt-Outs From New York and Beyond

Tidbits that didn't fit in this week's story: school districts championing opt-outs, praise for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and other issues regarding the testing opt-out movement.

May 04, 2015

A Year for Digital Learning Improvements

Digital Learning Now's annual report evaluates state progress in advancing digital learning and high quality learning opportunities for all students. The report card evaluates state legislative and policy efforts regarding learning systems, quality online instruction, course access, school models, data privacy and more.

May 04, 2015

Ga. Schools Chief: Testing Snafu With Unknown Impact Is 'Unacceptable'

Problems with common-core-aligned exams mirror those in Montana and Nevada, but the Associated Press reports that the glitches are not as severe as in other states.

May 01, 2015

Many High School Students Rely on Their Own Tech Devices at School, Survey Says

Results of a new, nationwide survey show that nearly 60 percent of high schoolers are using their own mobile devices in school.

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