The new block-grant funding system replaced a per-pupil formula. It was signed into law in March.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
The legislation means that Maine will have to search for a new English/language arts and math assessment for the 2015-16 school year.
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.
Can districts use the extra cash for high-needs students for across-the-board teacher-salary increases, rather than targeted increases for some teachers?
A Smarter Balanced testing vendor has released completion rates in three states that had serious challenges giving the common-core aligned exam.