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12/05/13: The Meaning of PISA

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.

11/26/13: 12 NCLB-Waiver States Want Extra Year for Full Teacher-Evaluation Rollout

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.

12/02/13: Texas Is Changing How It Evaluates Teachers. What Will That Look Like?

At an all-day meeting at Grand Prairie's Dallas Baptist University -- the first of five meetings -- Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said the state needs to focus on student growth.

12/04/13: Feds: Nev. Can Delay High-Stakes Teacher Eval Plan

The U.S. Department of Education provided Nevada and Mississippi with additional time before implementing new teacher evaluations based on student academic achievement, which would be used in hiring and firing decisions.

12/04/13: NJ High School Graduation Rate Inches Up

New Jersey reports an increase in the high school graduation rate to 87.5 percent this year from 86.5 percent last year and 83.3 percent in 2011.

11/28/13: State Education Officials: PARCC Exam Getting Two-Year 'Test Drive'

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in favor of field testing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in the current school year and then pilot testing PARCC in the 2014-15 school year.

12/03/13: BESE Panel Approves Changes in New Standards

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has approved a two-year phasing-in of teacher evaluations, public school letter grades, and promotion policies for students in grades 3-7.

12/05/13: New Report: Majority of Conn. Schools Meet Targets

The 2013 School and District Performance Report released in Connecticut on Dec. 5, a result of the state's No Child Left Behind waiver, reveals that over 50 percent of the state's schools achieved their overall performance targets.

11/27/13: Common Core Standards Teach Students How to Think Instead of What to Think, State Superintendent Says

At a recent presentation to members of the Alabama Community College Association, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice said the new Common Core State Standards for math and English teach students to think, rather than tell them what to think.

11/25/13: National Association of Charter School Authorizers Releases New Resources

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is releasing two sets of resources, the “Core Performance Framework and Guidance, ”and additional state policy guidance to strengthen charter school performance and accountability. NACSA’s “Core Performance Framework and Guidance” provides a clearly defined set of academic, financial and operational performance criteria for charter school authorizers, and a template to build and customize these frameworks. NACSA has worked with a number of authorizers around the country to develop these frameworks. NACSA’s policy guidance provides a starting point of recommendations to strengthen performance and accountability within state laws. To access these resources click: