Two school districts in Catawba County, N.C., will raise the dropout age to 18 or have voted to do so in coming years under a state pilot program, joining 20 states and the District of Columbia.
Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced that her department would spend $2 million over the next two years to expand the number of Regional Centers of Excellence, a support system for the state's struggling schools.
Massachusetts school districts overwhelmingly gave their teachers and administrators high scores under a new performance-review system that aims to ferret out under-performing educators and offer helpful advice to the others.
The Delaware Education Department will issue two sets of sub-grants from the federal College Access Challenge Grant to help districts across the state increase access to higher education, with the first set of six awards totaling $191,117 to help increase college readiness in eight high schools.
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says the state will expand an upcoming field test of modern, computer-based assessments for math and English-language arts.
Last month we posed the question to our SEA representatives, "How Does Your State Calculate Its Dropout Rate?."
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers has announced two new resources.
President Barack Obama announced a $100 million competition, modeled after the $4.35 billion Race to the Top initiative, to find new ways to better prepare high-school students for the global high-tech economy.
In New Mexico, 15 teachers in six districts will receive a $5,000 stipend for transferring from schools with A or B grades to schools with D or F grades and teaching at those schools full-time through the 2014-15 school year.
The New Jersey Department of Education has launched the Educator Resource Exchange to help teachers adapt to the Common Core State Standards.