Wisconsin rolled out the new Course Option program to enable students in all grades to take up to two classes at a time from an approved educational institution at no cost and earn college credits while in high school.
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams rolled out a new state database program on Feb. 19, which will provide a central location where teachers can look up students' classes, grades, attendance, and parent contact information, among other things.
New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr., announced that 42 school districts and charter schools and eight consortia received Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) 3 Program grant award notifications for a total of $24.2 million.
According to a report released by the Minnesota Department of Education, the state's graduation rate rose from 77.6 percent in 2012 to 79.5 percent in 2013, the state's highest in 10 years.
Like 36 other states and the District of Columbia, Maryland will field test its new Common Core exams in March, with about 25,000 elementary and middle school students taking the tests.
The Kentucky Department of Education reports that overall student performance on the EXPLORE and PLAN tests for eighth- and tenth-grade students, respectively, was unchanged in 2013. "We saw some minor shifts up and down in the results, but they still compare favorably with the rest of the nation.
Officials with the Florida Department of Education officially adopted some changes to the Common Core State Standards during a State Board of Education meeting held on Feb. 18, and the changes will take effect in the 2014-15 school year.
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson launched a bus tour that will travel from San Diego to Sacramento to promote more early education programs and funding.
The Early Childhood Data Collaborative released the findings from its 2013 Early Childhood Data Systems Survey on February 19, 2014.
The number of Texas graduates taking at least one Advanced Placement exam has increased more than twofold in the last 10 years, and the number of low-income graduates taking at least one AP exam has increased fourfold.