Current News

03/18/14: Testing the Test

About 9,000 students across Rhode Island will field test the PARCC exam, which will replace the NECAP test next year. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says the field test comes at a time when designers are refining the exam, and it will help teachers, administrators, and students prepare for next year.

03/25/14: Kentucky Department of Education Awards District of Innovation Status to 3 Districts

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has awarded District of Innovation status to Owensboro Independent, Owsley County, and Trigg Count school districts this year.

03/16/14: How Three Teachers Are Dealing With Common Core in Class

Nonpartisan Young Education Professionals asked a few teachers working in Maryland and Washington, D.C., about the Common Core Standards in math and English/Language Arts being implemented nationwide.

03/26/14: Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers

A new study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, "Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers," looks at four schools systems that were early implementers of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and provides an in-depth view of implementation at the district, school, and classroom level.

03/09/14: South Dakota Schools to Try New Assessment Tests

The U.S. Department of Education granted South Dakota a waiver earlier this year that will allow the state's schools to offer Smarted Balanced assessment tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards this spring to students in grades 3-8 and 11, instead of the Dakota STEP test.

03/13/14: Education Chief John King, Regents Defend 'Bar Exam' for Teachers

New York Education Commissioner John King, Jr., and a Board of Regents committee fully endorse the state's new teacher certification system, also known as the bar exam for teachers.

03/09/14: A New Way of Testing

Montana is one of a few states that received permission from the U.S. Department of Education to eliminate its existing assessment a year early and require all students in grades 3-8 and 11 to take part in a pilot program of the Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced exam.

03/05/14: Department of Education Unveils Landmark Program

Hawaii Superintendent of Education Kathryn Matayoshi unveiled a landmark multi-pronged program called Ka Hei that combines the installation of sustainable energy equipment at public schools with a curriculum to complement it.

03/07/14: US Approves California's New K-12 Testing Plan

The U.S. Department of Education has approved California's plan to conduct an experimental trial run of the new computer-based Smarter Balanced standardized language and math tests during spring 2014.

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.