Current News

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.

06/01/14: Field-Testing of New Common Core Exam Complete in Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Education has announced the new set of state proficiency exams drafted by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium were taken by around 45,000 students from 600 schools in all but one school district.

06/02/14: South Dakota Students Earn National Career Readiness Certificates

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and the State Department of Education's joint workforce development effort enabled 2,085 students from 53 schools to complete assessments to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) in the 2013-14 school year.

06/03/14: U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Improve Educational Outcomes of Children and Youth in Foster Care

On June 2, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance and resources to help support and emphasize the needs of students in foster care.

06/03/14: Teachers Absent From Class Way Too Much, Study Says

A new National Council on Teacher Quality report on the attendance of more than 234,000 teachers in 40 large U.S. school districts in the 2012-13 academic year found that teachers missed an average of 11 days.

06/03/14: Kansas Loosens Teaching Requirements for Some Classes

The Kansas legislature passed House Bill 2506 requiring the State Board of Education to implement new regulations before July 1.

06/06/14: New York State Sets Focus on English-Learners

New York's Board of Regents approved the Blueprint for English-Language Learners Success this spring, aiming to increase accountability and opportunities for bilingual and dual-language instruction for students who do not speak English as their primary language.

06/03/14: Kentucky Schools to Implement New Science Standards This Fall, Report Says

Kentucky will implement its Next-Generation Science Standards for students in grades K-12 in the fall. Teachers will design curriculum, develop new units, and teach the standards to students over the course of the school year, and they will receive training over the summer.

06/04/14: Texas HS Students Show Improvement in STAAR End-of-Course Results

Preliminary statewide results from the Texas Education Agency reveal strong passing rates for high school students taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course exams in Biology, Algebra I, and U.S. History.

06/04/14: Georgia Drops CRCT, EOCT Tests for a New Student Progress Assessment System

The Georgia Department of Education has announced that it will implement the new Georgia Milestones Assessment System in the 2014-15 academic year.