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01/03/14: A New Test to Replace the GED in Mass

Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester said the state will replace the high school equivalency test, known as the General Educational Development exam, with the HiSET exam, to be administered by Educational Testing Service.

01/08/14: Education Commissioner Outlines Plans for Standards, School Grades, Evaluations and Privacy

Speaking before the Florida Senate Education Committee, State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart talked about 40 changes that could be made to the state's K-12 standards, including the teaching of cursive writing and the use of decimals when counting money.

01/06/14: PUSD Awarded $100,000 in State Grants

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that the state will receive a total of $3.3 million in Specialized Secondary Program grants for 67 California school districts, including the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), which will receive $100,000. The

12/30/13: Race to Top States Still Have Lots of Money to Spend

Financial reports from the U.S. Department of Education say the 12 states that won Race to the Top funds have a significant amount of money left to spend in the final year of Race to the Top implementation.

12/26/13: Wisconsin Gains 77 Board Certified Teachers

Wisconsin has 77 more educators joining the ranks of National Board Certified Teachers, increasing the total to 953 who earned certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

01/24/14: State Superintendent Adopts English Language Standards

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said the state has adopted the new Washington English language proficiency standards to correspond with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

12/29/13: State Education Chief, on Job About 100 Days, Tackling Tall Test Ahead of Him

Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga is diving into reform efforts to bolster student outcomes, despite having assumed the post only around 100 days ago.

12/29/13: NC Lands $13.6M Grant Aimed at Low-Performing Schools

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the latest round of School Improvement Grants, including the largest of $13.6 million awarded to North Carolina, aimed at transforming low-performing schools.

12/31/13: Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holiday Assumes Leadership of CCSSO

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has elected Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday as its next president, and he hopes to focus on communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation, and career-readiness in his new role.

12/28/13: Education Commissioner: International Test Results 'Sobering'

The U.S. results on the latest international math and reading tests from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) were "sobering," said Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker.