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May 29, 2014

State Policy Critical to Deeper Learning

States must shed the stratified and outmoded education system in order to enable all students to develop the competencies they need to succeed.

May 28, 2014

Proposal to Restore Bilingual Education in California Advances

The measure, if approved, would give California voters a chance to overturn 16-year-old restrictions on bilingual education.

May 28, 2014

N.M. Court Orders Halt on Common-Core Testing Contract Until Appeal Is Heard

A state judge in has blocked the award of a major PARCC contract to Pearson until an appeal by a rival testing contractor can be heard.

May 23, 2014

How States Could Improve Online Options & Save Money

A new paper written by four Stanford Students, in coordination with Digital Learning Now and The Stanford Public Policy Program, outlines a framework for states to solicit and select providers of online and blended learning services. It builds on the innovative Louisiana Course Choice model and "presents a coherent payment mechanism for supplemental courses that incentivizes quality student outcomes and forms the basis for practical and adaptive state level policy."

May 22, 2014

Oklahoma's Test-Based Retention Policy for 3rd Graders Scuttled by Lawmakers

The Republican-controlled legislature voted to override a veto by Gov. Fallin, putting an end to the state's policy for retaining 3rd graders who fail a state reading test.

May 22, 2014

Former GOP Governors Applaud Common Core at U.S. Chamber Event

The governors agreed that the focus of discussions about the common-core standards should be about their content and the impact they have on student achievement.

May 21, 2014

Louisiana Bill Would Let IEP Teams Make Graduation, Promotion Decisions

High-stakes tests are a barrier for students, say supporters, but the proposed policy will result in lowered expectations for students, other advocacy groups say.

May 21, 2014

Florida Could Shift Alliances for English-Language-Proficiency Standards, Tests

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart is recommending that Florida join a 35-state consortium known as World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment.

May 16, 2014

Stage Set for Two-Year Common-Core Tussle in Missouri

After several attempts by lawmakers to ban the common core outright in Missouri, the state is on the verge of developing a new set of standards over two years.

May 15, 2014

Another State Facing Major Uncertainty Over Common-Core Tests

Michigan has become the most recent state to face big questions about its assessment plans under the Common Core State Standards.

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