Current News

01/24/14: Teen Uses Data to Focus Bullying Conversation

A DC area teen created a heat map to track the online conversation around bullying.

01/24/14: District IT Leaders Share Mobile Learning Strategies

Three districts share their strategies for the shift to K-12 mobile learning.

01/14/14: Alabama's High School Graduation Rate Reaches Highest Point in History

The Alabama Department of Education reported that the high school graduation rate reached its highest level in state history at 80 percent in 2013.

01/14/14: Department of Ed Announces Creation of Iowa Core Commission

On Jan. 13, Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck announced the creation of the Iowa Core Commission, an advisory group of teachers, school administrators, education associations, higher-education leaders, business leaders, and department staff.

01/15/14: White Says Technology Improving at La. Schools

Speaking before the State House and Senate Education Committees, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White outlined the progress at the state's schools in terms of technology upgrades related to the Common Core tests.

01/14/14: Barresi Lifts Double-Test Requirement for Students

Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Janet Barresi will immediately end the double-test requirement for middle school students in math.

01/16/14: W-VA Department of Education to Audit State's Schools

The West Virginia Department of Education will dispatch a team in the coming months to audit each of the state's public schools to determine where they fall in the A-F grading system.

01/14/14: New Virginia Initiatives Support Swapping Textbooks With Tablets

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright announced that the Department of Education unveiled a new application that allows teachers and students to create content for use on computers, mobile devices, and tablets.

01/14/14: All 50 States Now Using Testing or Student Performance for School Accountability

Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Education Commission of the States found that the metric experiencing the largest growth in states' school accountability policies was the use of graduation rates.

01/06/14: Latest Race to Top Early-Learning Grants Unveiled

The nearly $281 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the third round of Race to the Top Early-Learning Challenge grants will be shared by Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.