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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) is partnering with Code.org 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.
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.
The Tennessee Department of Education released its newly designed 2013 state Report Card on its website that offers detailed breakdowns of last year's statewide student achievement growth.
The Rhode Island Board of Education has adopted new standards for teacher preparation programs for the first time since 2001, and colleges or universities not meeting the new standards could lose state approval.