West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares told lawmakers during an interim legislative meeting that fewer 16-year-old students dropped out of high school in the 2011-12 school year, after the compulsory attendance age was raised to age 17.
A new report from the Tennessee Department of Education shows that the second year of implementing the state's teacher evaluation system showed improvement from the previous year.
The Business Innovation Factory will work with roughly two dozen middle and high school students in Rhode Island to understand how students would design their own schools. The project will include Youth in Action and the State Education Department.
The Minnesota Department of Education's study on kindergarten preparedness reveals that 73 percent of preschoolers had the skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten classrooms in 2012, up from 60 percent the year prior.
Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan announced on Dec. 10 that more low-performing schools could be added to the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) as early as January 2014.
Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White wants new pre-kindergarten programs to participate in a initiative to better prepare preschoolers.
Georgia's four-year public school graduation rate rose four points from 2011 and nearly two points from 2012 to 71.5 percent this year, according to the State Department of Education.
The Florida Education Department reports that the statewide graduation rate rose to 75.6 percent this year, up more than five percentage points since the 2010-11 school year.
There needs to be a new mass system for public education, and National Center on Education and the Economy President Marc Tucker says the Common Core State Standards are the best option to establish expectations of teachers, parents, and students that are high enough for U.S. students to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.
About 12 states have applied for a one-year delay in the roll out of new teacher-evaluation systems under their No Child Left Behind waivers, and 15 states have asked the U.S. Department of Education for a special waiver so they can give fewer tests to students.