Chiefline 10.30.13

This week in Chiefline: Obama administration approves NCLB Waiver for Puerto Rico; States get teacher prep grants.


Chiefline 10.29.13

This week in Chiefline: Obama administration approves NCLB Waiver for Puerto Rico; States get teacher prep grants.


Mass. Ranks 1st in U.S. in Global Education Study

A study that compares states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense schools to 38 countries participating in the Trend in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and nine other participating subnational education systems shows that Massachusetts ranks first in terms of test scores in math and science.


Work on Common Core Resuming Immediately, Michigan Education Superintendent Says

Michigan Superintendent Mike Flanagan told State Department of Education staff to resume work on the Common Core Standards following the Oct. 24 vote by the State Senate to authorize funding for the standards.


John White Details New School Performance Score Formula

Louisiana Superintendent John White recently announced a new formula to evaluate schools. Under the new formula, test results will account for 95 percent of middle school scores, while high school credits earned by students by the end of their freshman year make up the remaining 5 percent.


Good Grades for New York's Teachers and Principals

New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. says the preliminary results from teacher and principal evaluations, released Oct. 22, are "striking."


Buck Starts Here: New Iowa Dept. of Ed. Director Ready and Optimistic

Brad Buck, the new director of the Iowa Department of Education, has announced several priorities, including a plan to improve student learning through personalized learning, the Iowa Core curriculum, and recommendations from the state's Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation that aim to boost teacher quality


School Hosts Hands-On Science

Students in pre-K through fifth grade were encouraged to sign up and take part in labs featuring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) exercises at Liberty Elementary in Oklahoma on STEM Day.


Teachers of the Blind to Get Common Core Support Through Gates Grant

A $250,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been awarded to the Perkins eLearning project of the Watertown, Mass.-based Perkins School for the Blind to create resources aligned with the Common Core State Standards for teachers of blind or visually impaired students.


IDOE Develops Outreach Division, Offers Help to Struggling Schools

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has created the Outreach Division of School Improvement to help struggling school districts improve, rather than take them over.