Current News

03/28/14: USED Releases Education Enterprise Architecture (EEA) Guidebook

These guidebooks were developed through efforts associated with the USED Race to the Top Reform Support Network (RSN) and are provided for general distribution to education agencies and service providers.

03/14/14: Graduation Rate on the Rise in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Education reports the third consecutive yearly gain in the state's high school graduation rate to 89.68 percent in 2013, up from 89.26 percent in 2012 and 88.32 percent in 2011.

03/20/14: Maine DOE Bridges Transition to College, Careers with $500,000 in Grants

Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage and Education Commissioner Jim Rier announced that 12 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Centers will receive $500,000 per year from the Maine Department of Education to support the Bridge Year Program that will enable up to 225 students to earn approximately two semesters of college credit before graduating high school.

03/12/14: Montana Schools Awarded 35 Grants

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation awarded 35 grants totaling $203,000 to Montana Schools and United Ways under the Graduation Matters program, which State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says has helped push down the statewide dropout rate to 3.6 percent in 2013 from 5 percent in 2009.

03/18/14: Testing the Test

About 9,000 students across Rhode Island will field test the PARCC exam, which will replace the NECAP test next year. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says the field test comes at a time when designers are refining the exam, and it will help teachers, administrators, and students prepare for next year.

03/25/14: Kentucky Department of Education Awards District of Innovation Status to 3 Districts

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has awarded District of Innovation status to Owensboro Independent, Owsley County, and Trigg Count school districts this year.

03/16/14: How Three Teachers Are Dealing With Common Core in Class

Nonpartisan Young Education Professionals asked a few teachers working in Maryland and Washington, D.C., about the Common Core Standards in math and English/Language Arts being implemented nationwide.

03/26/14: Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers

A new study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, "Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers," looks at four schools systems that were early implementers of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and provides an in-depth view of implementation at the district, school, and classroom level.

03/09/14: South Dakota Schools to Try New Assessment Tests

The U.S. Department of Education granted South Dakota a waiver earlier this year that will allow the state's schools to offer Smarted Balanced assessment tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards this spring to students in grades 3-8 and 11, instead of the Dakota STEP test.

03/13/14: Education Chief John King, Regents Defend 'Bar Exam' for Teachers

New York Education Commissioner John King, Jr., and a Board of Regents committee fully endorse the state's new teacher certification system, also known as the bar exam for teachers.