The Alabama Department of Education reported that the high school graduation rate reached its highest level in state history at 80 percent in 2013.
On Jan. 13, Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck announced the creation of the Iowa Core Commission, an advisory group of teachers, school administrators, education associations, higher-education leaders, business leaders, and department staff.
Speaking before the State House and Senate Education Committees, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White outlined the progress at the state's schools in terms of technology upgrades related to the Common Core tests.
Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Janet Barresi will immediately end the double-test requirement for middle school students in math.
The West Virginia Department of Education will dispatch a team in the coming months to audit each of the state's public schools to determine where they fall in the A-F grading system.
Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright announced that the Department of Education unveiled a new application that allows teachers and students to create content for use on computers, mobile devices, and tablets.
Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Education Commission of the States found that the metric experiencing the largest growth in states' school accountability policies was the use of graduation rates.
The nearly $281 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the third round of Race to the Top Early-Learning Challenge grants will be shared by Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction says four schools were given between $5,000 and $10,000 for their efforts in student performance improvement and for closing the achievement gap as part of the Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools awards.
Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq has announced that $1.7 million in funding as part of the Career and Technical Education Equipment Grant program will be used by 42 schools to purchase equipment for career and technical education programs.