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11/01/13: Putting It All Together: Supporting K-12 STEM Education in Illinois

According to the Chicago STEM Education Consortium's "Putting It All Together: Supporting K-12 STEM Education In Illinois" paper, a concentrated effort in Illinois to improve PK-12 STEM teaching, learning, and leading is necessary to ensure students have the skills they need to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards, and beyond.

10/27/13: Better News in New Study That Assesses U.S. Students

The latest study from the National Center for Education Statistics has found that students in 36 U.S. states outperformed international averages on math tests given through the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.

10/30/13: Report: States Need to Connect Teacher Evaluations to Other Quality Measures

A report from the National Council on Teacher Quality reveals that states are making great strides in updating their teacher evaluation systems to incorporate rates of student achievement. However, very few are using the data to inform decisions about teacher preparation programs.

11/25/13: Education Commissioner Outlines Efforts to Streamline Testing

New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. has outlined a proposal to streamline testing for the state's eighth-grade students.

11/01/13: State Superintendent Commits to 150 Schools

As part of the "Nevada Reads: Celebrating Literacy in 150 Schools" tour, Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga told first-graders at Mark Twain Elementary School that they need to understand the importance of reading. Erquiaga and Gov. Brian Sandoval, joined by members of the governor's cabinet, will visit 150 Nevada schools this year and read to students in celebration of the state's sesquicentennial.

10/30/13: High Proportion of Maryland Students Continue to Meet Graduation Requirements

The Maryland Department of Education says the five-year graduation rate for the Class of 2012 increased slightly to 86 percent, and close to 90 percent of the Class of 2013 passed the required High School Assessments in English, algebra, and biology.

10/27/13: Mass. Ranks 1st in U.S. in Global Education Study

A study that compares states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense schools to 38 countries participating in the Trend in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and nine other participating subnational education systems shows that Massachusetts ranks first in terms of test scores in math and science.

10/31/13: White Talks Teacher Evals and Student Tests

Meeting with educators at Neville High School to discuss the implementation process of the state's reforms, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White focused on educators' concerns about the Value Added Model of assessing student progress and using it as a large percentage of a teacher's evaluation.

10/30/13: DOE Streamlines Merit Bonus Evaluations

The Guam Department of Education (DOE) now has a streamlined process for employee evaluations that also includes merit bonuses.

10/30/13: USED Welcomes Public Comments on Data Collection on Alt-Route Highly Qualified Teachers

USED invites states to submit comments about whether the requested information will be processed in a timely manner; whether their estimate of burden is accurate; how USED might improve the utility of the information collected; and how USED might minimize the burden of this collection on respondents.