Current News

03/09/14: South Dakota Schools to Try New Assessment Tests

The U.S. Department of Education granted South Dakota a waiver earlier this year that will allow the state's schools to offer Smarted Balanced assessment tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards this spring to students in grades 3-8 and 11, instead of the Dakota STEP test.

03/13/14: Education Chief John King, Regents Defend 'Bar Exam' for Teachers

New York Education Commissioner John King, Jr., and a Board of Regents committee fully endorse the state's new teacher certification system, also known as the bar exam for teachers.

03/09/14: A New Way of Testing

Montana is one of a few states that received permission from the U.S. Department of Education to eliminate its existing assessment a year early and require all students in grades 3-8 and 11 to take part in a pilot program of the Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced exam.

03/05/14: Department of Education Unveils Landmark Program

Hawaii Superintendent of Education Kathryn Matayoshi unveiled a landmark multi-pronged program called Ka Hei that combines the installation of sustainable energy equipment at public schools with a curriculum to complement it.

03/07/14: US Approves California's New K-12 Testing Plan

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.

03/17/14: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Releases Guide on Fostering Innovation

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.

03/04/14: Georgia Signs on to STEM Teaching Initiative

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.

03/04/14: Maryland Requests ESEA Waiver Extension for Teacher-Principal Evaluations

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.

03/03/14: Maine Panel OKs State's 1st Virtual Charter School

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.

03/05/14: Teacher Guides to New Standards Now Available

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.