At an all-day meeting at Grand Prairie's Dallas Baptist University -- the first of five meetings -- Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said the state needs to focus on student growth.
The U.S. Department of Education provided Nevada and Mississippi with additional time before implementing new teacher evaluations based on student academic achievement, which would be used in hiring and firing decisions.
New Jersey reports an increase in the high school graduation rate to 87.5 percent this year from 86.5 percent last year and 83.3 percent in 2011.
The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in favor of field testing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in the current school year and then pilot testing PARCC in the 2014-15 school year.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has approved a two-year phasing-in of teacher evaluations, public school letter grades, and promotion policies for students in grades 3-7.
The 2013 School and District Performance Report released in Connecticut on Dec. 5, a result of the state's No Child Left Behind waiver, reveals that over 50 percent of the state's schools achieved their overall performance targets.
At a recent presentation to members of the Alabama Community College Association, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice said the new Common Core State Standards for math and English teach students to think, rather than tell them what to think.
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is releasing two sets of resources, the “Core Performance Framework and Guidance, ”and additional state policy guidance to strengthen charter school performance and accountability. NACSA’s “Core Performance Framework and Guidance” provides a clearly defined set of academic, financial and operational performance criteria for charter school authorizers, and a template to build and customize these frameworks. NACSA has worked with a number of authorizers around the country to develop these frameworks. NACSA’s policy guidance provides a starting point of recommendations to strengthen performance and accountability within state laws. To access these resources click:
The Wyoming Education Department seeks 12 state teachers to participate in a Teacher Cabinet that will work alongside Director Richard Crandall.
New York Education Commissioner John King, Jr., is touring the state to explain the Common Core State Standards. At a recent stop in Binghamton, he stressed the state's commitment to the standards.