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January 15, 2014

Oklahoma Gov. Fallin Comes to Common Core's Defense in NGA Speech

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, said in a speech in Washington that the Common Core State Standards are not a federal program, but a crucial part of states' efforts to improve their economies.

January 15, 2014

Indiana Gov. Sounding More Like State Might Drop Common Core

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Mike Pence said that Indiana's contents standards would be "written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers."

January 10, 2014

Indiana's Common-Core 'Pause' Might Grow Longer, and Other Testing News

In addition to a legislator's call for more time to review the Common Core State Standards in Indiana, a Maryland lawmaker would conditionally prohibit its statewide assessment from being administered this spring.

January 09, 2014

Del. Chief Murphy Justifies Joining Chiefs for Change: 'Driven By a Desire to Learn'

Mark Murphy told a state representative that he wouldn't always agree with the group, but that he viewed his membership as a way to help drive major change in Delaware.

January 08, 2014

Florida Will Not 'Punt' on Common-Core Tests, Commish Stewart Tells Lawmakers

Florida K-12 chief Pam Stewart also told state lawmakers that any changes to the common core in the state won't impact the test that's ultimately selected.

January 03, 2014

Common-Core Testing Issues in N.C. Highlight Potential Trouble in States

The North Carolina state board is considering assessment options for the common core, but state lawmakers will also have a say, and are studying the issue.

December 31, 2013

Top 10 State K-12 Blog Posts in 2013: From Common Core to Michelle Rhee

Many of the most popular blog posts for State EdWatch in 2013 concerned the common core, while others Involved big names like Arne Duncan, Tony Bennett, and Michelle Rhee.

December 31, 2013

Kentucky Chief Holliday Is New CCSSO President; Will Focus on Career Readiness

A prominent common-core supporter and chief of the first state to adopt the standards, Holliday has served as CCSSO's president-elect over the last year.

December 26, 2013

Arizona Department Seeks Moratorium on A-F Accountability, Reading Retention

The Arizona department says it doesn't make sense to make decisions about school accountability and reading retention until a new "baseline" is set in 2014-15.

December 24, 2013

Won't See You Next Year: Unlikely Common-Core Headlines for 2014

A review of the top curriculum posts of 2013, and a lighthearted look ahead to the headlines you probably won't see in 2014.

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