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April 17, 2015

Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning

As federal policy makers signal support for innovation, the time is ripe for state leadership. CCSSO just released a new resource to help state leaders build strategies that support innovation and improve outcomes for all students.

April 16, 2015

N.J. Opt-Out Stats: Under 5 Percent for Early Grades, Near 15 Percent for H.S.

New Jersey has attracted a fair bit of media attention over the opt-out issue, but getting hard-and-fast numbers about opt-outs can be a difficult exercise.

April 15, 2015

Montana Lets Schools Cancel Smarter Balanced Testing After Technical Woes

Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau said it would be "in the best interest of our students" to let districts cancel Smarter Balanced testing if necessary.

April 15, 2015

Improving Accountability Systems to Create Internal Responsibility

How state systems of accountability can support doing good, not just looking good.

April 14, 2015

Last Days for Illinois K-12 Chief Koch? Governor Seeks 'Transformational' Leader

Gov. Bruce Rauner said that while he likes Christopher Koch, the state needs a new K-12 leader, and the state school board could be ready to pick one.

April 13, 2015

Washington State Early-Ed. Bill Passes, Funding Debate Continues

A bill to expand early-learning opportunities gets approval from both the GOP-controlled Senate and the Democratically-controlled House, but the budget remains up in the air.

April 09, 2015

Florida Votes to Cut Tests, Lower Exams' Weight in Teacher Evaluations

The passage of the bill is the culmination of months of pressure in Florida to reduce the amount of testing as well as its consequences students, teachers and schools.

April 09, 2015

Louisiana Chief: Jindal Using Budget Cuts to Hamstring Common-Core Testing

Superintendent John White has told lawmakers that Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed budget cut would undermine the state's testing program and cause "chaos" for the state's public schools.

April 09, 2015

N.Y. Regents Boss Claims Too Many Opt-Outs Will Force State Into 'National Test'

N.Y. Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch recently claimed that a high testing opt-out rate would force the state into switching tests, but does it hold water?

April 08, 2015

What Are Some Juicy State-Policy Tidbits From the Senate ESEA Rewrite?

Key state-level groups are applauding the U.S. Senate's proposed rewrite of federal education law unveiled on April 7. What are some details?

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