Current News

03/17/14: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Releases Guide on Fostering Innovation

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released a guide titled “Fostering Innovation in Wisconsin Schools: Beyond Credits and Seat Time and Toward Innovative Practices that Lead to College and Career Readiness”, which was created by the Credit Flexibility Workgroup.

03/04/14: Georgia Signs on to STEM Teaching Initiative

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the state would join the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program to increase the number of quality teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

03/04/14: Maryland Requests ESEA Waiver Extension for Teacher-Principal Evaluations

The Maryland State Department of Education presented a plan to the State Board of Education for new education initiatives to strengthen teaching and learning statewide as part of its request for an extension of its waiver from the U.S. Department of Education.

03/03/14: Maine Panel OKs State's 1st Virtual Charter School

On March 3, the Maine Charter Commission approved the state's first virtual charter school, a move that was applauded by State Education Commissioner Jim Rier.

03/05/14: Teacher Guides to New Standards Now Available

In a March 5 webinar presentation, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White released state-accepted curricula for meeting the Common Core State Standards and detailed guides to help teachers plan classes.

03/03/14: 39 Iowa School Districts Chosen to Launch Teacher Leadership Systems

Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck announced that 39 school districts were selected to be the first to launch teacher leadership systems under a statewide education reform plan approved by lawmakers in 2013.

02/28/14: Delaware Preparing for Switch to Smarter Balanced Student Test

Delaware is preparing for the final field test of the new Smarter Balanced student assessment -- scheduled to begin on March 18 -- that will replace the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS).

02/24/14: Education Commissioner Says More Districts Showing Interest in Teacher Evaluation

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams unveiled a state-initiated teacher evaluation pilot program.

02/26/14: Minnesota Aims to Ratchet Down Achievement Gap

Minnesota is using its No Child Left Behind Act waiver to issue progress reports to districts on achievement gaps for small subgroups of at-risk students and is relying on regional centers to help struggling schools.

02/23/14: CMU to Offer Credit to High Schoolers Looking to Become Teachers

A new articulation agreement between Central Michigan University (CMU) and the Michigan Department of Education's (MDE) Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE), signed by CMU Provost Michael Gealt and State Superintendent Michael Flanagan, aims to encourage high school students to become teachers.