Although the Texas Senate has approved the bill, the Texas House of Representatives has historically been hostile to private school choice legislation.
The six districts and other plaintiffs claimed in the suit that the state had given students academic standards to meet, but not the resources to do so.
There are two testing windows for PARCC, one of two assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. What implications does that have for students who might opt out?
Teachers in the Evergreen State say lawmakers aren't doing enough to satisfy a voter-approved initiative to cut class size and meet other K-12 budget imperatives.
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.
Tony Smith previously worked as Oakland superintendent from 2009 to 2013, and then went to work for a Chicago-area nonprofit working on early childhood issues.
Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau said it would be "in the best interest of our students" to let districts cancel Smarter Balanced testing if necessary.
A school shooting at a Colorado high school in 2013 has spurred a proposal to lower the threshold for districts' liability in such cases, but local K-12 officials are critical of the idea.
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.
The lead K-12 budget writer in the Texas House of Representatives wants to change how schools in the second-largest state by enrollment are funded. How does his plan look?