Current News

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.

12/22/13: Dept. of Education Grants Aim to Help College-Bound Students

The Delaware Education Department will issue two sets of sub-grants from the federal College Access Challenge Grant to help districts across the state increase access to higher education, with the first set of six awards totaling $191,117 to help increase college readiness in eight high schools.

12/22/13: California Submits Waiver Application to Federal Government to Avoid 'Double Testing' Students

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says the state will expand an upcoming field test of modern, computer-based assessments for math and English-language arts.

12/04/13: How Does Your State Calculate Its Dropout Rate?

Last month we posed the question to our SEA representatives, "How Does Your State Calculate Its Dropout Rate?."

12/02/13: NACSA Announces New Resources

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers has announced two new resources.

11/19/13: Obama to Unveil Competition to Overhaul High School

President Barack Obama announced a $100 million competition, modeled after the $4.35 billion Race to the Top initiative, to find new ways to better prepare high-school students for the global high-tech economy.

11/17/13: 15 New Mexico Teachers Approved for $5,000 Stipend for Transferring From A-B to D-F Schools

In New Mexico, 15 teachers in six districts will receive a $5,000 stipend for transferring from schools with A or B grades to schools with D or F grades and teaching at those schools full-time through the 2014-15 school year.

11/18/13: N.J. Education Website Offers Teachers Curriculum Resources

The New Jersey Department of Education has launched the Educator Resource Exchange to help teachers adapt to the Common Core State Standards.