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11/15/13: Alabama School Board Ends Graduation Exams

The Alabama Board of Education voted to eliminate the high school graduation exam for students who were ninth-graders in academic year 2010-11 and seniors this school year.

11/06/13: 137 Schools Improve, Receive Achieving Status

The Arkansas Department of Education has announced that 137 public schools in the state were designated as Achieving under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, having shown significant improvement in tests scores to meet annual targets.

11/06/13: State Issues Guidance for Core Math, Middle-Grade Science

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says the State Board of Education has approved the new Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, which provides grade-level explanations and examples of the standards for mathematics practice and content, integrating mathematical thinking and conceptual understanding with procedural skills and application.

11/04/13: Idaho State Ed Board Approves P.E., STEM Rules

The Idaho Department of Education's proposals to ramp up physical education requirements and potentially expand enrollment in STEM courses received the State Board of Education's approval on Nov. 1, and are headed to the legislature.

11/05/13: Montana Gets Waiver for Student Testing, Will Conduct Only New Assessments

The U.S. Department of Education approved Montana's special waiver request, allowing the public school system to conduct only new assessment tests this school year.

11/03/13: R.I. Wins High Marks for Use of Teacher Evaluations

Rhode Island is one of eight states highlighted in a recent report by the National Council on Teacher Quality for making huge strides in the use of new teacher evaluations to help existing teachers become more effective and better prepare new teachers.

11/08/13: U.S. Students Make Slight Progress on Test Scores

The 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for fourth- and eighth-graders across the United States, and they demonstrated modest advances in national math and reading exams. Fourth-graders scored 242 out of 500 in math, up one point from 2011, and scored 222 points in reading to tie the previous score.

11/05/13: Report: Use No Child Waivers to Innovate

According to a new paper in the journal Educational Researcher, states should move away from A-F grading of schools to create more innovative measures of school accountability that take into account student demographics under their No Child Left Behind waivers.

11/12/13: Learn to Code with Mark Zuckerberg & Angry Birds

Computer Science Education Week has announced its Hour of Code, the week of Dec. 9-15.

11/01/13: Putting It All Together: Supporting K-12 STEM Education in Illinois

According to the Chicago STEM Education Consortium's "Putting It All Together: Supporting K-12 STEM Education In Illinois" paper, a concentrated effort in Illinois to improve PK-12 STEM teaching, learning, and leading is necessary to ensure students have the skills they need to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards, and beyond.