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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.

January 10, 2014

Indiana's Common-Core 'Pause' Might Grow Longer, and Other Testing News

In addition to a legislator's call for more time to review the Common Core State Standards in Indiana, a Maryland lawmaker would conditionally prohibit its statewide assessment from being administered this spring.

January 09, 2014

Del. Chief Murphy Justifies Joining Chiefs for Change: 'Driven By a Desire to Learn'

Mark Murphy told a state representative that he wouldn't always agree with the group, but that he viewed his membership as a way to help drive major change in Delaware.

January 09, 2014

More Ethics Woes for Wyoming's Hill as Accountant Alleges Improper Payments

As she begins her run for governor, the Wyoming superintendent faces the possibility of impeachment by lawmakers due to possible misconduct.

January 08, 2014

Florida Will Not 'Punt' on Common-Core Tests, Commish Stewart Tells Lawmakers

Florida K-12 chief Pam Stewart also told state lawmakers that any changes to the common core in the state won't impact the test that's ultimately selected.

January 08, 2014

N.Y. Assembly Speaker: 'Case Has Been Made' for Common Core Delay

Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, argued that the Common Core State Standards were imposed improperly on teachers and other education officials without the proper support.

January 07, 2014

Maine Gov. LePage Nominates Maine Interim K-12 Chief Rier to Top Spot

Jim Rier is currently Maine's acting commissioner, and has worked at the state department since 2003, when he became its director of finance and operations.

January 06, 2014

Report: N.Y. Gov. to Announce Plan for Funding Full-Day Prekindergarten

Unnamed sources tell Capital New York that Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to propose big, new investment in early education, which could conflict with a similar plan offered by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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