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.
- By Sharleen Nelson
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.
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).
Two states have switched their status within the Common Core online assessment consortium.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
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.
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.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
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 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.
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.
Following the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) recent decision to review and modernize the E-rate program, which helps schools and libraries pay for Internet access, the Fiber to the Home Council Americas (FTTH Council) has petitioned the FCC to now establish a Gigabit Communities Race to the Top program.