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June 04, 2014

S.C. Governor Signs Bill Requiring State to Replace Common Core

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, has signed a bill mandating the replacement of the common core with new state standards in 2015-16.

June 04, 2014

K-12 Publishing Official Urges Industry to Lead on Common Core, Other Ed. Policies

Tom Allen, the president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, said that number of competing dynamics are shaping implementation of the common-core standards in the states, and that his industry needs to put its stamp on that discussion.

June 03, 2014

Pearson, N.M. Officials Given Deadline in Common-Core Testing Protest

New Mexico officials have set a June 18 deadline to receive arguments in a protest filed by the American Institutes for Research over a major contract for common-core testing.

June 02, 2014

State K-12 Accountability Report: 'To What End Are Schools Being Graded?'

What makes for robust school accountability systems from states, and where do parents and researchers differ about which states do the best job with those reports?

May 30, 2014

N.Y. Union: Students Shouldn't Be "Unpaid Researchers" For New Tests

The N.Y. state teachers' union is now calling for an end to participation in field tests being administered by the Pearson testing company.

May 29, 2014

Common-Core Repeal Bill Faces a Potential Constitutional Problem

The National Association of State Boards of Education is concerned about at least one legislature's attempt to increase its oversight of content standards.

May 29, 2014

State Policy Critical to Deeper Learning

States must shed the stratified and outmoded education system in order to enable all students to develop the competencies they need to succeed.

May 28, 2014

Proposal to Restore Bilingual Education in California Advances

The measure, if approved, would give California voters a chance to overturn 16-year-old restrictions on bilingual education.

May 28, 2014

N.M. Court Orders Halt on Common-Core Testing Contract Until Appeal Is Heard

A state judge in has blocked the award of a major PARCC contract to Pearson until an appeal by a rival testing contractor can be heard.

May 23, 2014

How States Could Improve Online Options & Save Money

A new paper written by four Stanford Students, in coordination with Digital Learning Now and The Stanford Public Policy Program, outlines a framework for states to solicit and select providers of online and blended learning services. It builds on the innovative Louisiana Course Choice model and "presents a coherent payment mechanism for supplemental courses that incentivizes quality student outcomes and forms the basis for practical and adaptive state level policy."

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