According to a recent survey of 1,702 adult Californians conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 70 percent said they favored the Common Core State Standards as a way to prepare high school graduates for college and careers.
Although the Common Core State Standards have received criticism, supporters in the Collaborative for Student Success have released data from a new survey conducted by veteran pollster John McLaughlin.
The Texas Education Agency has submitted details of a new teacher evaluation and support system to the U.S. Department of Education to meet its No Child Left Behind waiver requirements.
Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan recently signed an extension request asking the U.S. Department of Education for a one-year waiver extension from No Child Left Behind.
According to the results of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), high school seniors nationwide have not shown improvement in their math and reading performance since 2009.
Just 25 percent of high school seniors in the United States were proficient in math on last year's National Assessment of Educational Progress -- the same as four years ago but slightly higher than in 2005. Thirty-eight percent were proficient in reading, down from 40 percent in 1992.
In a letter to state school chiefs on May 9, the U.S. Department of Education said it would grant No Child Left Behind Act waivers to states where teacher-evaluation systems are not yet up to par.
During the Education Writer's Association national seminar at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said it is the State Education Department's job to leverage the bridge created by the Tennessee Promise program to help high school students navigate the period between graduation and college
At a panel discussion about the Common Core State Standards at the Education Writers Association conference, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said states implementing the standards must continue to improve them.
Of those that criticize the Common Core State Standards, many do not offer alternative solutions. They say the standards cannot be implemented without more adequate and equitable resources for schools and greater investments in professional capacity.