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11/28/13: State Education Officials: PARCC Exam Getting Two-Year 'Test Drive'

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.

12/03/13: BESE Panel Approves Changes in New Standards

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.

12/05/13: New Report: Majority of Conn. Schools Meet Targets

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.

11/27/13: Common Core Standards Teach Students How to Think Instead of What to Think, State Superintendent Says

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.

11/25/13: National Association of Charter School Authorizers Releases New Resources

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is releasing two sets of resources, the “Core Performance Framework and Guidance, ”and additional state policy guidance to strengthen charter school performance and accountability. NACSA’s “Core Performance Framework and Guidance” provides a clearly defined set of academic, financial and operational performance criteria for charter school authorizers, and a template to build and customize these frameworks. NACSA has worked with a number of authorizers around the country to develop these frameworks. NACSA’s policy guidance provides a starting point of recommendations to strengthen performance and accountability within state laws. To access these resources click:

12/23/13: Wyoming Education Director Seeks Teachers' Opinions

The Wyoming Education Department seeks 12 state teachers to participate in a Teacher Cabinet that will work alongside Director Richard Crandall.

12/25/13: Ed Commissioner Says No Turning Back on Common Core

New York Education Commissioner John King, Jr., is touring the state to explain the Common Core State Standards. At a recent stop in Binghamton, he stressed the state's commitment to the standards.

12/25/13: Two N.C. School Systems Will Raise Dropout Age From 16 to 18

Two school districts in Catawba County, N.C., will raise the dropout age to 18 or have voted to do so in coming years under a state pilot program, joining 20 states and the District of Columbia.

12/25/13: State Funding Allows Additional Education Centers

Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced that her department would spend $2 million over the next two years to expand the number of Regional Centers of Excellence, a support system for the state's struggling schools.

12/21/13: State Teacher Evaluations for Individual Schools Released

Massachusetts school districts overwhelmingly gave their teachers and administrators high scores under a new performance-review system that aims to ferret out under-performing educators and offer helpful advice to the others.