Current News

05/19/14: Education Commissioner: Building Bridge Key to Student Success

During the Education Writer's Association national seminar at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said it is the State Education Department's job to leverage the bridge created by the Tennessee Promise program to help high school students navigate the period between graduation and college

05/19/14: Kentucky's Education Commissioner on Common Core: Changes Had to Happen in the Classroom

At a panel discussion about the Common Core State Standards at the Education Writers Association conference, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said states implementing the standards must continue to improve them.

05/20/14: A Different Way to Implement Common Core

Of those that criticize the Common Core State Standards, many do not offer alternative solutions. They say the standards cannot be implemented without more adequate and equitable resources for schools and greater investments in professional capacity.

06/01/14: Tenure Rules Linked to Teacher Evaluations in More States

A report released by the Education Commission of the States says a growing number of states are using controversial teacher evaluations to determine which teachers earn and hold onto tenure.

05/28/14: Education Commissioner Talks Early Childhood in Mankato

Leading a discussion on early childhood education, Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius talked about the importance of early learning and the availability of scholarships.

05/29/14: Gov. Markell, Spanish Ambassador Renew Language Immersion Agreement

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Spanish Ambassador Ramon Gil-Casares signed an agreement renewing an educational partnership between Spain and Delaware that was launched two years ago when Markell enacted the Governor's World Language Expansion Initiative.

05/30/14: State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Award of Career Pathways Trust Grants Linking Education and Careers

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 39 consortia representing hundreds of thousands of students across the state will receive grants under the $250 million California Career Pathways Trust to create sustained career pathways programs that connect businesses, K-12 schools, and community colleges to ensure students are prepared for the 21st century workplace.

06/01/14: Field-Testing of New Common Core Exam Complete in Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Education has announced the new set of state proficiency exams drafted by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium were taken by around 45,000 students from 600 schools in all but one school district.

06/02/14: South Dakota Students Earn National Career Readiness Certificates

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and the State Department of Education's joint workforce development effort enabled 2,085 students from 53 schools to complete assessments to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) in the 2013-14 school year.

06/03/14: U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Improve Educational Outcomes of Children and Youth in Foster Care

On June 2, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance and resources to help support and emphasize the needs of students in foster care.