The New Mexico Public Education Department and the Department of Higher Education, along with individual higher education institutions, will produce report cards for the state's six colleges of education in order to graduate better teachers.
New York Education Commissioner John King has stated that the implementation of the Common Core learning standards will continue to move forward.
When Oregon switches next year to a new teacher evaluation system based partly on student test scores, about 10 percent to 15 percent of teachers could be identified as superstars that exceed the standards, says State Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton.
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has released the final version of its voluntary national preK-12 standards in dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts.
The Higher Ed for Higher Standards, a coalition of more than 200 college presidents and state higher education leaders from 33 states, has formed to support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
According to a recent survey of 1,702 adult Californians conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 70 percent said they favored the Common Core State Standards as a way to prepare high school graduates for college and careers.
Although the Common Core State Standards have received criticism, supporters in the Collaborative for Student Success have released data from a new survey conducted by veteran pollster John McLaughlin.
The Texas Education Agency has submitted details of a new teacher evaluation and support system to the U.S. Department of Education to meet its No Child Left Behind waiver requirements.
Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan recently signed an extension request asking the U.S. Department of Education for a one-year waiver extension from No Child Left Behind.
According to the results of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), high school seniors nationwide have not shown improvement in their math and reading performance since 2009.