The U.S. Department of Education has approved California's plan to conduct an experimental trial run of the new computer-based Smarter Balanced standardized language and math tests during spring 2014.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released a guide titled “Fostering Innovation in Wisconsin Schools: Beyond Credits and Seat Time and Toward Innovative Practices that Lead to College and Career Readiness”, which was created by the Credit Flexibility Workgroup.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the state would join the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program to increase the number of quality teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The Maryland State Department of Education presented a plan to the State Board of Education for new education initiatives to strengthen teaching and learning statewide as part of its request for an extension of its waiver from the U.S. Department of Education.
On March 3, the Maine Charter Commission approved the state's first virtual charter school, a move that was applauded by State Education Commissioner Jim Rier.
In a March 5 webinar presentation, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White released state-accepted curricula for meeting the Common Core State Standards and detailed guides to help teachers plan classes.
Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck announced that 39 school districts were selected to be the first to launch teacher leadership systems under a statewide education reform plan approved by lawmakers in 2013.
Delaware is preparing for the final field test of the new Smarter Balanced student assessment -- scheduled to begin on March 18 -- that will replace the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS).
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams unveiled a state-initiated teacher evaluation pilot program.
Minnesota is using its No Child Left Behind Act waiver to issue progress reports to districts on achievement gaps for small subgroups of at-risk students and is relying on regional centers to help struggling schools.