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02/10/14: Officials Release Names of 1,097 Massachusetts Schools That Will Test the New PARCC Exam

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released a list of 1,097 schools across the state that will test the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam this spring.

02/10/14: Education Chief Shows Off New Common Core Test Items, Underlining Support for Initiative

On Feb. 10, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White rolled out sample questions for the 2015 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test that aligns with the Common Core State Standards and is slated to replace the iLEAP and LEAP exams.

02/06/14: Kentucky's Lowest Performing Schools Making Gains

According to the results of the Kentucky Board of Education's 2012-13 Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability System results, the state's lowest performing schools have made progress in their efforts to improve student achievement.

02/12/14: Florida Department of Education Releases Proposed School Grade Formula Changes

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart released proposed changes to the state's school grading system, which will be considered at the Feb. 18 State Board of Education meeting.

02/01/14: Beyond the Classroom

The adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards has raised the bar for public education in that it calls upon educators to ensure all students graduate ready to meet the challenges of college and careers.

02/04/14: Juneau Announces Significant Increases in Montana's Graduation Rate

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau has released the 2013 Graduation and Dropout Report. Between 2009 and 2013, the state's graduation rates rose to 84.4 percent from 80.7 percent, while the dropout rate fell from 5 percent to 3.6 percent, meaning fewer than 772 students dropped out in 2013.

01/31/14: Kentucky Withdraws From PARCC Testing Consortium

Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear, Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday, and State Board President Roger Marcum recently sent a letter to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers' (PARCC) governing board indicating that the state has pulled out of the consortium.

02/03/14: Delaware Education Dashboard Gets $1.5 Million Grant

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation will provide a $1.5 million grant to Delaware's K-12 Insight Dashboard, which provides teachers and administrators access to timely information on how students are performing in the classroom.

02/04/14: Connecticut Launches Website to Provide Information on Common Core

The Connecticut Department of Education has launched a website to provide educators and parents with the most up-to-date information on the Common Core State Standards

02/03/14: Arizona Department of Education Officials Working to Replace AIMS Test With 'New Assessment'

In his State of Education speech before the State House Education Committee, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said the state wants to develop a new assessment to replace the current AIMS test, and he asked lawmakers to grant authorization to proceed with the adoption of a new test.