Just 25 percent of high school seniors in the United States were proficient in math on last year's National Assessment of Educational Progress -- the same as four years ago but slightly higher than in 2005. Thirty-eight percent were proficient in reading, down from 40 percent in 1992.
In a letter to state school chiefs on May 9, the U.S. Department of Education said it would grant No Child Left Behind Act waivers to states where teacher-evaluation systems are not yet up to par.
During the Education Writer's Association national seminar at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said it is the State Education Department's job to leverage the bridge created by the Tennessee Promise program to help high school students navigate the period between graduation and college
At a panel discussion about the Common Core State Standards at the Education Writers Association conference, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said states implementing the standards must continue to improve them.
Of those that criticize the Common Core State Standards, many do not offer alternative solutions. They say the standards cannot be implemented without more adequate and equitable resources for schools and greater investments in professional capacity.
A report released by the Education Commission of the States says a growing number of states are using controversial teacher evaluations to determine which teachers earn and hold onto tenure.
Leading a discussion on early childhood education, Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius talked about the importance of early learning and the availability of scholarships.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Spanish Ambassador Ramon Gil-Casares signed an agreement renewing an educational partnership between Spain and Delaware that was launched two years ago when Markell enacted the Governor's World Language Expansion Initiative.
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 39 consortia representing hundreds of thousands of students across the state will receive grants under the $250 million California Career Pathways Trust to create sustained career pathways programs that connect businesses, K-12 schools, and community colleges to ensure students are prepared for the 21st century workplace.
The Louisiana Department of Education has announced the new set of state proficiency exams drafted by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium were taken by around 45,000 students from 600 schools in all but one school district.