A Fairly Smooth Start on Computerized Test's First Day

School districts in Connecticut began administering the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test on March 25, and by the end of the first day, State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said a few problems had been fixed.


Georgia Shines in Report on Common Core Implementation

A new report by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) that looks at Common Core implementation in 15 states named Georgia a "leading state" in terms of Teaching Resources and Accountability and a "strong state" when it comes to Timeline and Approach to Standards, Professional Development, and Teacher and Leader Evaluation.


Chiefline 3.25.14

This week in Chiefline: Kentucky districts awarded District of Innovation status, Iowa Graduation Rate on the Rise


Chiefline 3.25.14

This week in Chiefline: Kentucky district awarded District of Innovation status, Iowa Graduation Rate on the Rise


New Florida Test May Have Ups, Downs

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has approved a $220 million, six-year contract for a new set of tests from American Institutes for Research (AIR).


Maine DOE Bridges Transition to College, Careers with $500,000 in Grants

Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage and Education Commissioner Jim Rier announced that 12 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Centers will receive $500,000 per year from the Maine Department of Education to support the Bridge Year Program that will enable up to 225 students to earn approximately two semesters of college credit before graduating high school.


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.


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.


Graduation Rate on the Rise in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Education reports the third consecutive yearly gain in the state's high school graduation rate to 89.68 percent in 2013, up from 89.26 percent in 2012 and 88.32 percent in 2011.


Montana Schools Awarded 35 Grants

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation awarded 35 grants totaling $203,000 to Montana Schools and United Ways under the Graduation Matters program, which State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says has helped push down the statewide dropout rate to 3.6 percent in 2013 from 5 percent in 2009.