U.S. Secretary of Education has awarded Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia NCLB waivers. In total, Secretary Duncan has now awarded waivers to 37 states.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the new national accreditor for educator preparation, is seeking volunteers to serve on its governance committees.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has announced the establishment of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) State Ambassador program.
The Federal Office of Special Education programs has proposed a revised reporting system that would place the focus on student performance as well as procedural compliance.
Sol Stern, author of "Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice," and Joel Klein, CEO of Amplify and former chancellor of the New York City public schools, consider the Commons Core State Standards to be "one of the most promising education initiatives of the past half century" and believe all Americans should support them.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) supporters are moving to confront opposition at the state and national levels through public relations and advertising campaigns intended to combat misinformation. All but four states have adopted the standards, and those that have adopted them are on track when it comes to implementation.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has released the summary results of teacher and administrator evaluation systems for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years, which can be accessed through the Educator Effectiveness Database by clicking here here.
Rita Sablan, Saipan's Education Commissioner, announced plans to expand the Public School System's (PSS) advanced placement (AP) program to let participating high school students complete their courses at the time and place they wish.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed House Bill 207 into law, uniting the state's two Career and Technical Education (CTE) systems under the guidance of Kentucky's Department of Education to ensure a more unified, relevant, and efficient system to educate and prepare students for the working world in a real-life setting.
Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says that by the end of June, he and his staff will decide what tests will be used to replace the FCAT exams that the state plans to retire. The switch to the new tests will be aligned to the new Common Core standards scheduled to take effect in the 2014-15 school year.