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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.

11/19/13: New Film Inspires Youth to Find Passion in STEM Education and Discover Science-Based Career Opportunities

The California Department of Education, The California Endowment, California Biotechnology Foundation, and Lybba have released a film, I Am A Scientist, to educate students about what science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can do to expand their career opportunities.

12/04/13: DQC Releases 2013 Report- Right Questions, Right Data, Right Answers

DQC provides the results of their annual survey with Arkansas and Delaware leading the way with all ten state action items in place for each of their states.

11/19/13: CSG Webinar on Job Growth and Innovation Utilizing STEM Education

The Council of State Governments (CSG) is partnering with and other national organizations to get 10 million students of all ages to try computer science for one hour. On December 3, from 1-2 p.m. EST, the organizations will be hosting a webinar to learn how to enlist in the Hour of Code campaign that coincides with national Computer Science Education Week.

11/12/13: Education Department to Scale Back Key Waiver-Renewal Mandates

The U.S. Department of Education is expected to back away from the waiver requirement that states must ensure low-income and minority students have equal access to effective teachers.