Current News

12/22/13: California Submits Waiver Application to Federal Government to Avoid 'Double Testing' Students

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.

12/04/13: How Does Your State Calculate Its Dropout Rate?

Last month we posed the question to our SEA representatives, "How Does Your State Calculate Its Dropout Rate?."

12/02/13: NACSA Announces New Resources

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers has announced two new resources.

11/19/13: Obama to Unveil Competition to Overhaul High School

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.

11/17/13: 15 New Mexico Teachers Approved for $5,000 Stipend for Transferring From A-B to D-F Schools

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.

11/18/13: N.J. Education Website Offers Teachers Curriculum Resources

The New Jersey Department of Education has launched the Educator Resource Exchange to help teachers adapt to the Common Core State Standards.

11/17/13: Report: Graduation Rate in Nebraska Improves

According to new data from the Nebraska Education Department, the overall on-time graduation rate at public high schools for 2013 was 88.5 percent, an increase from 2012 and 2011.

11/19/13: State OK’s Trial of New Education Tests

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a plan to do a two-year test run of the Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a new state standardized testing system based on the Common Core State Standards that will eventually replace MCAS tests in English and math.

11/21/13: Reading Strategies Proposed for Iowa Classrooms

The Iowa Board of Education is considering a proposal that would only allow the nation's top strategies for teaching reading to be allowed in the state's classrooms.

11/15/13: Governor: $24 Million in School Technology Grants Will Aid Common Core Compliance

More than $24 million in grant requests will be funded in Connecticut to add more computers in classrooms and boost Internet bandwidth to support the transition to the Common Core State Standards and the computer-based Smarter Balanced assessments.