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July 25, 2012

AIDS Conference, New Documentary Raise Questions About Sex Ed.

New data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that while people age 15-29 make up 21 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 39 percent of all new HIV infections, but some states are moving away from comprehensive sex education classes.

July 24, 2012

What Do Higher School Grades Mean for Florida Accountability System?

The Florida Department of Education announced that 8 percent of the schools measured by the state's A-F accountability system would receive higher grades than initially reported.

July 23, 2012

Do Ohio Lottery Proceeds Truly Benefit Schools?

Ohio school officials are claiming that record state lottery revenues won't translate into more dollars for K-12 education because of a revenue swap at the state level, although Gov. John Kasich's administration denies the allegation.

July 19, 2012

Teacher Beat: Tennessee Teacher Ratings Inflated

A new Tennessee Department of Education report shows that teachers who received strong evaluation scores from school officials did not always receive correspondingly high scores on student growth measures.

July 10, 2012

ECS National Forum, Day 2: Regaining 'Competitive Edge'

Governors from Delaware and Nevada discussed America's "competitive edge" and the best way to improve students' transition and performance in a global marketplace on the second day of the National Forum on Education Policy hosted by the Education Commission of the States in Atlanta.

July 09, 2012

Education Commission of States Kicks off National Forum in Atlanta

The first day of the National Forum on Education Policy, hosted by the Education Commission for the States, included discussions about the impacts of new discovers in neuroscience on student learning, and the difficulties states face in developing strong early childhood learning systems.

July 06, 2012

Florida's Gov. Scott Concerned About 'Too Much' Testing

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the state needs to make sure that the state is not over-testing students, and said the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test will likely change significantly.

July 02, 2012

Iowa Receives One-Year 'Freeze' on AYP Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education has granted Iowa a one-year grace period from meeting academic proficiency targets under No Child Left Behind.

June 29, 2012

NCLB Waiver News Keeps Coming

On June 29, the U.S. Department of Education approved waivers from No Child Left Behind for Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, and Virginia.

June 28, 2012

State News Review: Tests, Standards, Budgets, and Charters

Texas business leaders are saying the state economy will suffer if critics of new high-stakes standardized tests get their way; Wyoming has started reviewing standards in social studies, science and other subjects; Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a charter school expansion bill; and California passed a budget for next year that relies heavily on a proposed tax increase voters will decide on in November.

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