Assessments for the new Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics will begin in the spring of 2015 in North Dakota. Supporters of the standards say they emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving, and applying information.
Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester said the state will replace the high school equivalency test, known as the General Educational Development exam, with the HiSET exam, to be administered by Educational Testing Service.
Speaking before the Florida Senate Education Committee, State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart talked about 40 changes that could be made to the state's K-12 standards, including the teaching of cursive writing and the use of decimals when counting money.
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that the state will receive a total of $3.3 million in Specialized Secondary Program grants for 67 California school districts, including the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), which will receive $100,000. The
Financial reports from the U.S. Department of Education say the 12 states that won Race to the Top funds have a significant amount of money left to spend in the final year of Race to the Top implementation.
Wisconsin has 77 more educators joining the ranks of National Board Certified Teachers, increasing the total to 953 who earned certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said the state has adopted the new Washington English language proficiency standards to correspond with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga is diving into reform efforts to bolster student outcomes, despite having assumed the post only around 100 days ago.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the latest round of School Improvement Grants, including the largest of $13.6 million awarded to North Carolina, aimed at transforming low-performing schools.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has elected Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday as its next president, and he hopes to focus on communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation, and career-readiness in his new role.