The Florida Education Department reports that the statewide graduation rate rose to 75.6 percent this year, up more than five percentage points since the 2010-11 school year.
There needs to be a new mass system for public education, and National Center on Education and the Economy President Marc Tucker says the Common Core State Standards are the best option to establish expectations of teachers, parents, and students that are high enough for U.S. students to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.
About 12 states have applied for a one-year delay in the roll out of new teacher-evaluation systems under their No Child Left Behind waivers, and 15 states have asked the U.S. Department of Education for a special waiver so they can give fewer tests to students.
At an all-day meeting at Grand Prairie's Dallas Baptist University -- the first of five meetings -- Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said the state needs to focus on student growth.
The U.S. Department of Education provided Nevada and Mississippi with additional time before implementing new teacher evaluations based on student academic achievement, which would be used in hiring and firing decisions.
New Jersey reports an increase in the high school graduation rate to 87.5 percent this year from 86.5 percent last year and 83.3 percent in 2011.
The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in favor of field testing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in the current school year and then pilot testing PARCC in the 2014-15 school year.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has approved a two-year phasing-in of teacher evaluations, public school letter grades, and promotion policies for students in grades 3-7.
The 2013 School and District Performance Report released in Connecticut on Dec. 5, a result of the state's No Child Left Behind waiver, reveals that over 50 percent of the state's schools achieved their overall performance targets.
At a recent presentation to members of the Alabama Community College Association, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice said the new Common Core State Standards for math and English teach students to think, rather than tell them what to think.