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05/07/14: Math, Reading Performance Is Stagnant Among U.S. 12th-Graders, Assessment Finds

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.

05/08/14: Connecticut Students Show Gains in National Tests

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.

05/09/14: Ed. Dept. to Extend NCLB Waivers Without Considering Teacher Evaluation

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.

05/19/14: Education Commissioner: Building Bridge Key to Student Success

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

05/19/14: Kentucky's Education Commissioner on Common Core: Changes Had to Happen in the Classroom

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.

05/20/14: A Different Way to Implement Common Core

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.

06/01/14: Tenure Rules Linked to Teacher Evaluations in More States

A report released by the Education Commission of the States says a growing number of states are using controversial teacher evaluations to determine which teachers earn and hold onto tenure.

05/28/14: Education Commissioner Talks Early Childhood in Mankato

Leading a discussion on early childhood education, Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius talked about the importance of early learning and the availability of scholarships.

05/29/14: Gov. Markell, Spanish Ambassador Renew Language Immersion Agreement

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Spanish Ambassador Ramon Gil-Casares signed an agreement renewing an educational partnership between Spain and Delaware that was launched two years ago when Markell enacted the Governor's World Language Expansion Initiative.

05/30/14: State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Award of Career Pathways Trust Grants Linking Education and Careers

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 39 consortia representing hundreds of thousands of students across the state will receive grants under the $250 million California Career Pathways Trust to create sustained career pathways programs that connect businesses, K-12 schools, and community colleges to ensure students are prepared for the 21st century workplace.