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January 24, 2014

N.Y. Seeks Permission to Give Out-of-Level Tests to Students With Disabilities

The state says this policy would allow students to be tested more accurately, but special education advocates worry such testing would lead to lowered standards.

January 23, 2014

Alabama State Board Makes Changes to Common Core. Or Does It?

The state board agreed to change how the standards will work in Alabama schools, but didn't explicitly alter the common core or add new standards.

January 22, 2014

New York Governor, N.Y.C. Mayor Spar Over Pre-K Funding

A proposed tax hike of .55 percentage points on wealthy New York City residents has become a sticking point in the fight over early-education in New York state.

January 22, 2014

New York Not the Only State Looking to 'Review' Common Core

In addition to New York, lawmakers in South Dakota and Tennessee are considering reviews or pauses to common-core implementation and common-core-aligned tests.

January 17, 2014

South Carolina Gov. Haley Vows State Will Ditch Common Core

In remarks made on Jan. 16 to a local Republican Party club, Haley said she would "absolutely" sign a bill that would repeal the common core in South Carolina.

January 16, 2014

Most Candidates for Georgia K-12 Chief's Post Oppose Common Core

Among candidates for state superintendent in Georgia, there's mostly opposition to the common core, even as the state chamber of commerce continues to support them.

January 15, 2014

Oklahoma Gov. Fallin Comes to Common Core's Defense in NGA Speech

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, said in a speech in Washington that the Common Core State Standards are not a federal program, but a crucial part of states' efforts to improve their economies.

January 14, 2014

All 50 States Now Using Testing or Student Performance for School Accountability

In 2002, only eight states used graduation rates in school accountability systems, the Education Commission of the States found; that had jumped to 44, plus the District of Columbia, in 2013.

January 14, 2014

On Michelle Rhee's Latest State-Policy Report Card, No 'A' Grades Once Again

Still, an official with the StudentsFirst advocacy organization says that state policy has improved somewhat since last year on what the group flags as high-priority areas.

January 13, 2014

Michigan, Texas, and S.C. Give Biggest Boosts to Pre-K Spending, ECS Reports

Only three states decreased their prekindergarten spending in the fiscal 2014 year, according to a new report from the Education Commission of the States.

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