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February 28, 2012

K-12, College Officials Urged to Work Together

Gene Wilhoit, a top official at the Council of Chief State School officers, says collaboration between K-12 and college officials will be crucial to common standard benefiting schools.

February 10, 2012

NCLB Waivers Point to National Curriculum, Report Argues

A report by former counsels to the U.S. Department of Education under George W. Bush says the Obama administration's waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act promote a national curriculum.

January 04, 2012

States Expected to Focus on 3rd-Grade Retention

State officials in Iowa and New Mexico are expected to consider controversial proposals in 2012 to retain 3rd graders who can't demonstrate basic literacy skills.

November 21, 2011

A Resource on School Choice, Teacher Certification, and More

The top research arm of the U.S. Department of Education offers a database with information on state policies on school finance, teacher quality, school choice, testing, and other areas.

September 26, 2011

Common Standards Will Test Teachers, and the Education Industry

The common core standards will pose a major challenge for schools and teachers, but education publishers will also have to develop much better products to meet the standards' new demands, school district officials say.

June 27, 2011

In Maryland, Thousands of Teachers Getting Schooled on Common Standards

Maryland is using federal Race to the Top dollars to introduce teachers and administrators to common standards at educator "academies." It's being billed as the largest professional development program for educators in the state's history.

June 22, 2011

Texas Pulling Out of Council of Chief State School Officers

Texas has pulled out of the Council of Chief State School Officers, an influential Washignton organization helping lead the effort to create common academic standards across states.

April 08, 2011

Tennessee Legislation on Evolution Moves Forward

A Tennessee bill that seeks to allow teachers to help students "analyze, critique, and review," scientific topics cleared the House of Representatives. Critics say it targets evolution, specifically.

April 04, 2011

Changing Teacher Tenure and Pay, the Minnesota Edition

Minnesota lawmakers consider legislation that would loosen requirements for superintendents to lay off newly hired teachers first. The measure also seeks to prevent further adoption of Common Core standards.

March 27, 2011

South Korean Official Advises Caution in Following His Country's Model

Byong Man Ahn, the former minister of education, science and technology in high-performing South Korea, says his country is working to integrate more critical thinking skills, and enjoyment of learning, into its test-heavy school culture.

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