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.
New York Education Commissioner John King, Jr., says the state received a federal waiver to end the double testing of students who take a Regents exam in math in seventh or eighth grade as well as the state math assessment under the Common Core.
Assessments for the new Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics will begin in the spring of 2015 in North Dakota. Supporters of the standards say they emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving, and applying information.
Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester said the state will replace the high school equivalency test, known as the General Educational Development exam, with the HiSET exam, to be administered by Educational Testing Service.
Speaking before the Florida Senate Education Committee, State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart talked about 40 changes that could be made to the state's K-12 standards, including the teaching of cursive writing and the use of decimals when counting money.
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that the state will receive a total of $3.3 million in Specialized Secondary Program grants for 67 California school districts, including the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), which will receive $100,000. The
Financial reports from the U.S. Department of Education say the 12 states that won Race to the Top funds have a significant amount of money left to spend in the final year of Race to the Top implementation.
Wisconsin has 77 more educators joining the ranks of National Board Certified Teachers, increasing the total to 953 who earned certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said the state has adopted the new Washington English language proficiency standards to correspond with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.