Arizona and North Dakota require high school students to correctly answer portions of the test to graduate, and other states are weighing such a mandate.
A task force report two years in the making recommends significant changes to the state's education system to improve achievement for students with disabilities.
The spending plan would place increased weight on standardized test scores in teachers' evaluations and make it harder for teachers to earn tenure.
Enacting policies that support and encourage district and school-level student-engagement efforts should be a priority, says the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Roughly half of the state's 1.1 million schoolchildren are eligible for vouchers, including students who have never attended public schools.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has pledged continued support for the Department of Education’s Teach to Lead initiative.
Lots of things can go wrong when taking a test, but this isn’t usually one of them: In New Hampshire, many students took the wrong Common Core test this month.According to the Union Leader, school officials in Manchester, the largest city in the state, as well as in the towns of Barrington and Gorham, gave students a practice test instead of the full math and English Language Arts Common Core computer-administered assessments created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The mistake may also have happened elsewhere but schools in these three locales reported it to the state Education Department.Read full article >>
School districts aren't required to provide bus transportation for students under the state constitution, the Indiana Supreme Court said Tuesday in a ruling that could impact cash-strapped districts.
Emily Talmage is an elementary school teacher in Lewiston, Maine who did some research on the new Common Core tests that her students are taking this spring. In Maine, students are taking the Maine Educational Assessments in math and English Language Arts, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two multi-state consortia given a total of some $360 million in federal funds to develop new exams that align with the Core standards. In this post, Talmage reports on what she found. Talmage has seven years of teaching experience in New York City and Maine, as well as a masters degree in urban education from Mercy College and a masters degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.Read full article >>
Maryland officials will begin considering requests for waivers that would forgive school systems for canceling up to three days of classes during the winter’s snow and ice. The Maryland State Board of Education gave the go-ahead at its Tuesday meeting, saying that State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery could decide such requests on a case-by-case basis.Read full article >>
Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), the chairman of the House education panel, said Tuesday that he is still a “handful” of votes short to pass his GOP bill to replace No Child Left Behind, the main federal education law. Read full article >>
Journalists, auditors and other investigators have turned up more than $80 million in charter school fraud in California to date, according to a new report by a coalition of left-leaning organizations, which argues that lax oversight of the state’s charter schools is leaving taxpayer dollars vulnerable to abuse.Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s interim superintendent is recommending that a Rockville-area middle school be jointly located with a special education school in a new facility that would allow students with disabilities more time in a regular school setting.Read full article >>
Tuition and fees for state residents attending the University of Virginia would rise 3.6 percent in the next school year under a proposal before the governing board of the flagship public university.The proposal, on the agenda of the Board of Visitors as it meets this week in Charlottesville, would set the in-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at $13,468. That would be up $470 from the current rate, $12,998.Read full article >>
The pressure Hillary Rodham Clinton faces shows the demands she will have to contend with on a number of divisive domestic issues that flared up during the Obama administration.