Policy Issues


States Struggling To Secure Staffing and Resources for Common Core

While 30 states have already begun implementing curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards, many of them are struggling to provide the staffing and resources required to implement CCSS effectively, according to a new report from the Center on Education Policy at The George Washington University.

ED Issues First NCLB Waivers to California Districts

In an unprecedented move, the United States Department of Education has extended waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act directly to eight urban school districts in California.

Avoiding Common Core's Biggest Legal Liabilities

From bandwidth issues to playing nice with assistive technologies, there's a lot that can go wrong in the world of high-stakes online testing. Our new legal columnist shares why it's not just states and testing companies with a lot on the line.

5 Members Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

Five members have been named to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), the organization that oversees and sets policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Wyoming and North Dakota Lock onto Smarter Balanced

Two states have switched their status within the Common Core online assessment consortium.

ED, HHS Award $89 Million in Supplemental RTT Early Learning Challenge Grants

Six states will receive a total of $89 million in supplemental awards from the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant program to fund improvements and "expand access to early learning programs throughout their states," according to the United States Department of Education.

Remaining PARCC States Affirm Commitment, Get on Track for Field Testing

The PARCC consortium is shoring up support for its online assessment program in the face of state desertions, including, most recently, Georgia and Indiana. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia confirmed this week that they are "committed" to field testing the PARCC assessments.

Computers Make the List of Tax-Free Back-to-School Purchases in Florida

In Florida, computers and other digital devices have been added to the list of back-to-school gear that parents can purchase free of sales tax.

Teacher Turnover Negatively Impacts Student Achievement in Math and English

Teacher turnover results in lower student scores in math and English language arts, according to a researcher from the University of Michigan School of Education and two colleagues.

State Education Agencies See Little Threat from Challenges to Common Core

In states that have adopted Common Core State Standards, most state education agencies foresee proceeding with implementation in the 2013-2014 school year as planned, despite growing pressures from within schools and from outside the education system.

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