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01/14/14: All 50 States Now Using Testing or Student Performance for School Accountability

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.

01/06/14: Latest Race to Top Early-Learning Grants Unveiled

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.

01/08/14: Four Schools Recognized as Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools

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.

01/03/14: Pennsylvania Department of Education Announces $1.7 Million in Career and Technical Education Equipment Grants, 42 Schools to Share Funding

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.

01/02/14: N.Y. Gets Waiver to Limit Middle-School Math Exams

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.

01/05/14: Common Core Implementation Underway in ND

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.

01/03/14: A New Test to Replace the GED in Mass

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.

01/08/14: Education Commissioner Outlines Plans for Standards, School Grades, Evaluations and Privacy

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.

01/06/14: PUSD Awarded $100,000 in State Grants

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

12/30/13: Race to Top States Still Have Lots of Money to Spend

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.