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01/30/14: Gates Foundation's Vicki Phillips on Common Core Momentum

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's College Ready Director of Education Vicki Phillips says that with 80 percent of students expecting to go to college and less than 40 percent of adults having an associate's degree or higher, America's priority should be ensuring that the K-12 education system is providing students with high quality education.

01/28/14: Obama Sells Race to Top, Early-Childhood Education in State of the Union

During his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama urged Congress to expand preschool to more four-year-olds, bolster job-training programs, and ensure that post-secondary education is more effective and accessible.

01/27/14: Frist-Led Group Continues Common Core Push in New Report

The 2013-14 report from the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), indicates that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test should be the top priorities of education reform in Tennessee.

01/28/14: Mandate on Third-Grade Reading Takes Full Effect This Spring

The Reading Sufficiency Act, under which students who score unsatisfactory in reading assessments cannot be promoted to fourth grade, takes effect this school year, and Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Janet Barresi says parents must be prepared.

01/27/14: Nevada Graduation Rate Makes Big Gains in 2013

According to data from the Nevada Department of Education, 70.7 percent of the class of 2013 graduated from high school, up from 63.1 percent the previous year.

01/28/14: State Releases School Report Cards

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released its 2012-13 Report Cards, the first report using its new READY accountability model that does not include school designations, such as "School of Excellence."

02/24/14: Illinois State Board Votes in Favor of Common Science Standards

Illinois will soon follow the lead of eight other states and the District of Columbia, with the State Board of Education unanimously voting to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

02/03/14: New Virginia Policy Brief Makes the Case for Investing in Education

A new policy brief and animated video released by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows how the links between education and health matter more now than they have in the past.

02/03/14: NCES Releases CEDS Version 4

NCES shared updates to CEDS in this latest version.

01/22/14: California Schools Compete for $250 Million in Job Training Grants

The California Department of Education hopes to fill the growing demand for trained workers by offering $250 million in grants for job training programs at high schools and community colleges.