The Maryland State Department of Education presented a plan to the State Board of Education for new education initiatives to strengthen teaching and learning statewide as part of its request for an extension of its waiver from the U.S. Department of Education.
On March 3, the Maine Charter Commission approved the state's first virtual charter school, a move that was applauded by State Education Commissioner Jim Rier.
In a March 5 webinar presentation, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White released state-accepted curricula for meeting the Common Core State Standards and detailed guides to help teachers plan classes.
Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck announced that 39 school districts were selected to be the first to launch teacher leadership systems under a statewide education reform plan approved by lawmakers in 2013.
Delaware is preparing for the final field test of the new Smarter Balanced student assessment -- scheduled to begin on March 18 -- that will replace the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS).
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams unveiled a state-initiated teacher evaluation pilot program.
Minnesota is using its No Child Left Behind Act waiver to issue progress reports to districts on achievement gaps for small subgroups of at-risk students and is relying on regional centers to help struggling schools.
A new articulation agreement between Central Michigan University (CMU) and the Michigan Department of Education's (MDE) Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE), signed by CMU Provost Michael Gealt and State Superintendent Michael Flanagan, aims to encourage high school students to become teachers.
Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White is restructuring career education into the Jump Start program, which will be implemented statewide in the 2016-17 school year and provide training opportunities for all students, regardless of their career path.
Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge has named 462 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2014 in five categories.