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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's College Ready Director of Education Vicki Phillips says that with 80 percent of students expecting to go to college and less than 40 percent of adults having an associate's degree or higher, America's priority should be ensuring that the K-12 education system is providing students with high quality education.
During his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama urged Congress to expand preschool to more four-year-olds, bolster job-training programs, and ensure that post-secondary education is more effective and accessible.
The 2013-14 report from the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), indicates that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test should be the top priorities of education reform in Tennessee.
The Reading Sufficiency Act, under which students who score unsatisfactory in reading assessments cannot be promoted to fourth grade, takes effect this school year, and Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Janet Barresi says parents must be prepared.