The U.S. Department of Education is expected to back away from the waiver requirement that states must ensure low-income and minority students have equal access to effective teachers.
The Tennessee Department of Education released its newly designed 2013 state Report Card on its website that offers detailed breakdowns of last year's statewide student achievement growth.
The Rhode Island Board of Education has adopted new standards for teacher preparation programs for the first time since 2001, and colleges or universities not meeting the new standards could lose state approval.
Montana education officials kicked off the state's first College Application Week, an initiative that delivers assistance to students who might be considering higher education.
The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics issued the 2013 Kentucky High School Feedback Report, and it indicates that statewide three out of five students from the class of 2011 graduates enrolled in college, with 10 of 14 public high schools in northeastern Kentucky with better than 60 percent of their 2011 graduates enrolled in college for the 2012 academic year.
The Kansas State Department of Education has released its first look at the 2013 Kansas School Report Card achievements based on the four Annual Measurable Objectives approved via the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver.
At a public presentation at Saint Mary's College, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said that information about how students are doing in school and about their needs does not travel when the students' families move and children have to switch schools more than once in a single year.
The Alabama Board of Education voted to eliminate the high school graduation exam for students who were ninth-graders in academic year 2010-11 and seniors this school year.
The Arkansas Department of Education has announced that 137 public schools in the state were designated as Achieving under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, having shown significant improvement in tests scores to meet annual targets.
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says the State Board of Education has approved the new Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, which provides grade-level explanations and examples of the standards for mathematics practice and content, integrating mathematical thinking and conceptual understanding with procedural skills and application.