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.
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.
The New Jersey Department of Education has launched the Educator Resource Exchange to help teachers adapt to the Common Core State Standards.
According to new data from the Nebraska Education Department, the overall on-time graduation rate at public high schools for 2013 was 88.5 percent, an increase from 2012 and 2011.
The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a plan to do a two-year test run of the Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a new state standardized testing system based on the Common Core State Standards that will eventually replace MCAS tests in English and math.
The Iowa Board of Education is considering a proposal that would only allow the nation's top strategies for teaching reading to be allowed in the state's classrooms.
More than $24 million in grant requests will be funded in Connecticut to add more computers in classrooms and boost Internet bandwidth to support the transition to the Common Core State Standards and the computer-based Smarter Balanced assessments.
The California Department of Education, The California Endowment, California Biotechnology Foundation, and Lybba have released a film, I Am A Scientist, to educate students about what science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can do to expand their career opportunities.
DQC provides the results of their annual survey with Arkansas and Delaware leading the way with all ten state action items in place for each of their states.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) is partnering with Code.org and other national organizations to get 10 million students of all ages to try computer science for one hour. On December 3, from 1-2 p.m. EST, the organizations will be hosting a webinar to learn how to enlist in the Hour of Code campaign that coincides with national Computer Science Education Week.