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December 10, 2014

Push to Reduce Test Scores' Weight in Evaluations Announced by Tenn. Governor

Gov. Bill Haslam's push to significantly alter teacher evaluations follows the governor's announcement in October that he wants a public review of the Common Core State Standards in Tennessee.

December 10, 2014

How California's Changes to Public School Spending Fit in a Broad Context

How does the philosophy behind California's new K-12 funding system differ from many state education policy initiatives and debates?

December 08, 2014

Where Early-Literacy Policies Stand in States, and What to Expect in 2015

One thing to watch out for next year is how many states approve policies that hold teachers as well as schools more directly accountable for student literacy.

December 08, 2014

Is the Era of the 'Strong Chief' in Education Fading Away?

Will high-profile battles about standards, testing, choice, and accountability over the last few years lead to fatigue among governors, state chiefs, and others?

December 05, 2014

Wary of Proficiency Rates, California Eyes New Reporting Method for Test Scores

It will be interesting to watch how the Golden State attempts to walk the line between having to report achievement in categories, and wanting to use scale scores.

December 01, 2014

With Governor's Race on Horizon, Sen. Vitter Changes Stance on Common Core

Vitter, who announced plans to run for Louisiana governor last January, praised the common standards in August, but now says they are endangering education for several reasons.

December 01, 2014

Missouri Must Stop Payments for Common-Core Test, Judge Orders

Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green issued the order on Nov. 25 as part of a court case brought by a group of Missourians who are challenging the state's membership in Smarter Balanced.

November 26, 2014

Arizona Teacher Announces Effort to Recall State Chief-Elect Douglas

In order for an official recall election to take place, supporters have to get at least 364,000 signatures, or 25 percent of all ballots cast in the general election.

November 24, 2014

NCLB Waiver Reclaimed by Oklahoma After Three-Month Absence

The state was the second to lose its NCLB waiver after Washington state, and it is the first state to reclaim a lost NCLB waiver.

November 24, 2014

What's the Best Way to Classify Michigan's Common-Core Testing Plans?

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step) test, which will be administered next spring, will include items from the Smarter Balanced assessment as well as items developed by Michigan teachers. But some will be in "field-test-only" mode.

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