Current News

10/22/13: Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has been granted a No Child Left Behind waiver, joining 42 states and the District of Columbia. Waiver requests from Illinois, Iowa, Wyoming, and the Bureau of Indian Education are pending.

10/22/13: Good Grades for New York's Teachers and Principals

New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. says the preliminary results from teacher and principal evaluations, released Oct. 22, are "striking."

10/24/13: Work on Common Core Resuming Immediately, Michigan Education Superintendent Says

Michigan Superintendent Mike Flanagan told State Department of Education staff to resume work on the Common Core Standards following the Oct. 24 vote by the State Senate to authorize funding for the standards.

10/23/13: John White Details New School Performance Score Formula

Louisiana Superintendent John White recently announced a new formula to evaluate schools. Under the new formula, test results will account for 95 percent of middle school scores, while high school credits earned by students by the end of their freshman year make up the remaining 5 percent.

10/19/13: Buck Starts Here: New Iowa Dept. of Ed. Director Ready and Optimistic

Brad Buck, the new director of the Iowa Department of Education, has announced several priorities, including a plan to improve student learning through personalized learning, the Iowa Core curriculum, and recommendations from the state's Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation that aim to boost teacher quality

10/23/13: Connecticut Gets Grant to Develop Teacher Training Plan

Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Washington received funding from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) for implementing teacher preparatory programs.

10/14/13: Teachers of the Blind to Get Common Core Support Through Gates Grant

A $250,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been awarded to the Perkins eLearning project of the Watertown, Mass.-based Perkins School for the Blind to create resources aligned with the Common Core State Standards for teachers of blind or visually impaired students.

10/17/13: Study Finds Gains From Teacher Evaluations

A recent study of the Impact teacher evaluation program in the District of Columbia reveals that teacher evaluation programs can be important in improving education.

10/17/13: School Hosts Hands-On Science

Students in pre-K through fifth grade were encouraged to sign up and take part in labs featuring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) exercises at Liberty Elementary in Oklahoma on STEM Day.

10/17/13: New Miss. State Superintendent Carey Wright Backs Common Core Standards and Prekindergarten

Incoming Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright, who will begin work on Nov. 11, recently endorsed the Common Core State Standards and pre-K education at a recent news conference.