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06/10/14: Oregon Teacher Quality: New System Will Identify Stars, Stinkers, and Thousands in Between

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.

06/06/14: Final Version of Common Arts Standards Released

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.

06/10/14: Higher Education Leaders Form Coalition in Support of Common Core

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).

04/23/14: Survey: Californians Support Common Core Standards

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.

05/05/14: Common Core Backers Mount a Counterattack

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.

05/05/14: TEA Details New Teacher Evaluation, Support System

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.

05/05/14: Michigan Seeks 1-Year Extension to No Child Left Behind Waiver

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.

05/07/14: Math, Reading Performance Is Stagnant Among U.S. 12th-Graders, Assessment Finds

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.

05/08/14: Connecticut Students Show Gains in National Tests

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.

05/09/14: Ed. Dept. to Extend NCLB Waivers Without Considering Teacher Evaluation

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.