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April 29, 2015

N.J. Officials Strike Preliminary Deal Over PARCC's Weight in Teacher Evaluations

The use of test scores in teacher evaluations continues to be a controversial issue in many states, and New Jersey could soon agree to reduce the weight of PARCC scores in the 2015-16 evaluations.

April 29, 2015

Special Session for School Funding Begins in Washington State

The Washington state Supreme Court has said that if lawmakers don't dramatically overhaul and increase K-12 spending in their 2015-17 budget, the justices could impose financial sanctions.

April 29, 2015

New Digital Learning Report Card Describes Promising Practices for States

States are making significant progress in digital education efforts, with over 400 digital learning policies implemented in 2014, new ExcelinEd report finds.

April 27, 2015

Nev. Vendor: American Institutes for Research at Fault for Testing Disruptions

The American Institutes for Research has emerged as major player in recent years in the increasingly competitive world of state assessments.

April 24, 2015

Colorado K-12 Chief Announces Retirement Amid State Board Shift

State board elections in 2014 led to new members and new tension between Commissioner Robert Hammond and board members, including over the common core and aligned tests.

April 24, 2015

Mississippi Veto Shows States' Diverse Political Responses to Common Core

In vetoing a review, Gov. Phil Bryant said he could not let it "become law under the guise that it would lead to the demise of common core."

April 23, 2015

States Expanding Mandates for Students to Take Computer Science

Fourteen states are now mandating that computer science classes be counted towards high school graduation requirements, a new report from Education Commission of the States finds.

April 23, 2015

Common-Core Exam Leaked in N.Y. as Media Tracks Testing Opt-Outs

According to the New York Post, portions of New York state's English/language arts test were posted Wednesday on a Facebook group called "Education is a Journey, Not a Race."

April 22, 2015

Bills to Repeal Common Core Hit Roadblocks; Will Reviews Satisfy Foes?

Common-core-repeal bills are failing widely in state legislatures this year, but will bills to review the standards fare any better?

April 21, 2015

Tax-Credit Scholarships Get OK From Texas Senate; House to Follow?

Although the Texas Senate has approved the bill, the Texas House of Representatives has historically been hostile to private school choice legislation.

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