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December 23, 2014

Florida to Review K-12 Testing Amid Growing Political Anxiety

Pam Stewart's announcement came two weeks after a powerful Florida lawmaker expressed a desire to review testing's role in public schools.

December 22, 2014

Common-Core News Developments Dominate Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

This year was characterized by intense discusssions in many states about the progress and worthiness of the Common Core State Standards and their online assessments.

December 18, 2014

Facing K-12 Budget Crunch, Washington Governor Proposes Capital-Gains Tax

Annual per-student spending would rise to $9,015 in Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed education spending plan for the 2015-17 biennial budget

December 18, 2014

States Using Common Core Face Challenge Communicating With Public, GAO Reports

What's more, states have the same concerns about college-and-career-aligned assessments, whether they are participating in one of two federally-funded consortia or not.

December 17, 2014

GAO Projects Worrisome Long-Term Fiscal Outlook for State, Local Budgets

According to the GAO, the deficit for state and local operating budgets as a percentage of GDP is slated to grow from 2 percent of GDP to close to 4 percent of GDP by 2060.

December 17, 2014

Dean of Tennessee Teacher-Prep Program Picked as New State K-12 Chief

One of Candice McQueen's signature initiatives has been to rigorously train students in Lipscomb's college of education in the Common Core State Standards.

December 17, 2014

Staying Close to Home, Missouri Picks Deputy Commissioner as New K-12 Chief

The Missouri State Board of Education has selected Margaret Vandeven to be its next state education chief, replacing Chris Nicastro.

December 17, 2014

In New Funding System, 'At-Risk' Students Deserve More, Says Michigan State Board

It's not clear how much traction any or all of these ideas will get with GOP Gov. Rick Snyder or with the Michigan legislature, which is controlled by Republicans.

December 12, 2014

Plan to Let Districts Opt Out of Common Core Floated by Wis. Lawmakers

The idea of the common core as a local option for districts isn't new.

December 11, 2014

State Early Literacy Policies and Changes to Watch for in 2015

Where do things stand now in terms of how many states have required reading assessments, interventions, and retention?

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