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June 29, 2015

Kansas Panel Rules Against State's New Funding System

The new block-grant funding system replaced a per-pupil formula. It was signed into law in March.

June 25, 2015

Taking Stock of How States Support Students' Health, Safety, and More

The ASCD indicators, taken from a range of federal sources, include household educational attainment levels, student-to-school counselor ratios, graduation rates by race, bullying data, and more.

June 24, 2015

Jindal Declares 2016 White House Run; Brings Record on Standards, Choice

Gov. Bobby Jindal's K-12 record in the Pelican State is heavy on the Republican's varied positions on the Common Core State Standards, and on his support for school choice.

June 24, 2015

How Can States Cut Tests Without Losing Crucial Information?

"Some states don't even know what tests they're giving next year," CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich told attendees at a conference about student assessment on June 23.

June 23, 2015

Testing Opt-Out Bill Signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown; Delaware Next?

The Oregon measure makes districts send notices to parents twice a year about their right to opt out of state exams, and about the purpose of the tests.

June 23, 2015

PARCC Showdown in Arkansas as Governor Tries to Kill Test

Earlier this month, the Arkansas board of education voted 7-1 to continue using the PARCC exam, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson is refusing to go along.

June 22, 2015

Maine Leaves Common-Core Test Consortium

The legislation means that Maine will have to search for a new English/language arts and math assessment for the 2015-16 school year.

June 22, 2015

Opt-Out State of Mind: Brookings Report Examines Movement's Demographics

Data from New York state shows that wealthier districts tend to have higher opt-out rates, but don't bet your life savings on that trend.

June 19, 2015

Are Teacher Salary Bumps and California's K-12 Funding System in Conflict?

Can districts use the extra cash for high-needs students for across-the-board teacher-salary increases, rather than targeted increases for some teachers?

June 19, 2015

Measuring the Impact of Common-Core Test Disruptions in Three States

A Smarter Balanced testing vendor has released completion rates in three states that had serious challenges giving the common-core aligned exam.

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