State Ed SmartBrief

Sec. Duncan urges state board members to ditch textbooks, communicate better about standards and tests; Ind. State Board of Educaton to vote on new English, math standards; Tenn. legislature considers separating student test scores from teachers’ evaluations, licenses; and more…   View Full Post

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Maryland Board asks feds for delay in using test scores for teacher evaluations; Nevada State Board lowers math cut scores; bill to create nonpartisan, direct elections for Utah State Board advances; and more…   View Full Post

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Florida Board of Education adopts common core modifications; Missouri State Board of Education takes financial control of unaccredited district; Kansas bill would limit the collection of student data; and more…   View Full Post

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W.Va considers five-year limit on state board school takeovers; FCC to double funding for school, library broadband program; Nevada state board votes to lower cut scores on math exams; more…   View Full Post

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Md. State Board of Education approves new student discipline regs., makes suspensions a last resort; Ore. delays decision on common core textbooks for 2 years; Ill. State Board seeking $1B increase in state education funding; more…   View Full Post

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Should Ala. education board members attend meetings electronically?  Ill. drops proposal to eliminate class size caps for students with disabilities; Florida State Board of Education considers changes to Common Core standards; more….   View Full Post

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Iowa state board to consider 3rd-grade reading mandate; Nebraska’s ed. board revises public-comment rules; Not all states receptive to computer-only GED; NASBE offers members new online strategic planning tool; more…   View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Alabama adopts measure to count computer science as math credit; Utah leaders weigh expanding computer courses; $120M in Race to the Top grants go to 5 school groups; more… View Full Post

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In this week’s NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Kansas State Board chooses assessments developed at Kansas University; Nebraska board considers standards for fine arts; Wisconsin proposal calls for daily exercise in elementary schools; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Rhode Island State Board may be re-reorganized; North Carolina court rules virtual charters require state board approval; Weight of student test scores on teacher evaluations could drop in Ohio; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Utah state board gives lawmakers its list of priorities; Texas on path to drop algebra II as requirement for most graduates; Virginia to issue letter grades to schools; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Alabama State Board replaces NCLB-era graduation exam; Massachusetts to phase in Common Core-aligned exams; States work to improve students’ reading ability by 3rd grade; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Kansas State Board wants cost estimates before voting on new tests; What grade should mean passing for the performance-based teacher license?; School districts push back against pressure to cut recess; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: State board in California approves alternative science plan for middle schools; Oklahoma board releases school letter grades; Alabama looks at moving to digital textbooks; NASBE poll question, “How should financial literacy content be linked to high school graduation requirements? “; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Virginia State Board approves improvement plan for struggling district; State board in Indiana mulls changes to school grading system; Michigan may replace school rating by colors with letter grades; CDC issues guidance for handling food allergies in schools; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Kansas State Board discusses education financing with the state legislature; Florida board holds Common Core hearings; Educators take a new look at viability of tablets in schools; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: South Carolina board opposes end to class-size limits; Wyoming State Board of Education stands up for the Common Core; Maryland using Facebook to help combat cyberbullying; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: South Dakota State Board of Education allows district control over teacher evaluations; Indiana State Board revisits school grading system; Utah using social media as Common Core professional learning tool for educators; NASBE launches new series with a brief on Social-Emotional Learning; more…   View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Maryland State Board of Education moves to continue with state assessments; Mississippi State Board chooses a new superintendent; Massachusetts prepares for trial of online, Common Core-aligned exams; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Education SmartBrief: Florida State Board elevates interim commissioner to permanent status; State board in Pennsylvania adopt common standards; U.S. Education Department issues guidance on Common Core-aligned assessments; more…   View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Washington State Board approves first county request for charter schools; California SBOE to replace state exams ahead of Common Core; New Virginia law allows for state-operated district for struggling schools; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: California State Board adopts the Next Generation Science Standards; New York schools now have authority to address cyberbullying; Some standardized tests take on different meaning in Minnesota; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Process for electing state board could undergo changes in Utah; New high-school diploma approved by state board in Colorado; Report highlights transition to common core assessments; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Missouri State Board approves changes in oversight of struggling schools; Tennessee links teacher licenses to student test scores; Almost two-thirds of Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards; Pennsylvania gets NCLB waiver; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Kansas State Board addresses concerns over student privacy; Ohio state board may investigate cursive writing standards; Utah links some school funding to students’ reading proficiency; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Utah State Board votes to transfer management of education trust; Florida board hires an interim state chief; Iowa State Board rejects stricter school start-date proposal; Eight California districts get NCLB waivers; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Iowa State Board weighs new rules on early start waivers; National Teacher of the Year poses questions at NASBE conference about the future of education; Indiana governor pulls state out of PARCC consortium; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Indiana state board halts change to third-grade reading exam; South Dakota state board endorses school-counseling system; Proposal would overhaul teacher evaluations in Michigan; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Florida state board adopts temporary changes to school grading system; Washington State Board of Education recommends adopting new science standards; Michigan prepares to implement common core; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Kansas State Board asks  lawmakers to increase education spending by 20 percent; Half of states to take Duncan’s offer to delay of teacher-rating systems; Accessibility of common core tests identified as concern of federal panel; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: High-stakes tests to get second look by Rhode Island State Board of Education; Indiana State Board of Education seeks to guarantee funding for takeover schools; Resource aims to make Next Generation Science Standards accessible to all; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Vermont and Maryland state boards adopt the Next Generation Science Standards; Tennessee board approves new teacher pay plan; U.S. Education Department issues guidance on pregnant, parenting students; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Florida state board calls for review of school grading system; Missouri board asks preschools for voluntary student assessments; Which areas of the U.S. have the highest high school graduation rates?; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the State Ed SmartBrief: Kansas State Board of Education approves Next Generation Science Standards; North Carolina State Board adopts new rules with three paths to graduation; Utah State Board calls for legislative session to deal with school grading system; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Kentucky State Board of Education adopts the Next Generation Science Standards; New Jersey takes over Camden City schools; Senate Democrats offer NCLB reauthorization bill; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Wyoming State Board of Education considers education director choices; State Board in Virginia looks at testing waiver applications; Data show increased enrollment in advanced math and science classes; Court rules Colorado does not have to change its funding formula; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Maryland State Board of Education adopts new policies to protect students from head injuries; State board in Massachusetts supports conditions for charter expansion; Three more states get NCLB waivers; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Colorado adopts new competency-based graduation requirements; Utah State Board of Education calls on lawmakers to support common core; Is E-Rate outdated?; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: The North Carolina State Board approved the addition of a special seal on high school diplomas indicating the student’s college or career readiness; The West Virginia State Board return full control to the McDowell County school board, more than 10 years since the state took over the […]

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: New Jersey State Board of Education reduces weight of test scores in teacher evaluations; West Virginia board starts to tackle how to implement new education laws; NIEER report finds pre-k funding is in decline; South Dakota to reexamine state education funding formula; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Maryland State Board updates its school safety guidelines; State Board in Mississippi includes graduation rates to school grading system; Indiana bill cuts teaching license from requirements for superintendents; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Connecticut State Board raises teacher training standards; Kansas State Board adopts new social studies standards; States work together to address concerns about new GED diploma; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Utah State Board advances cursive writing policy; President’s budget emphasizes pre-k, STEM; Districts buying tablets for students instead of PCs; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Virginia State Board of Ed approves new special education diploma rule; Tennessee raises the bar for honors distinction; Oregon bill would ban seclusion rooms; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Oklahoma State Board may make it easier for native-language teachers to gain licensure to teach their languages; Maine extends AP class access online; Indiana voucher program upheld by state’s top court; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Utah moves ahead with plan to change assessments; Engineers’ report declares U.S. schools need $270 billion in physical plant upgrades; State chiefs tell Duncan district waivers would cause conflicts; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Kansas State Board tells governor, lawmakers, that it has sole education policymaking authority in face of legislative opposition to Common Core standards; Nebraska State Board votes to take a second look at the Common Core, which it has not joined; Ohio board names governor’s education adviser the new state […]

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: NJ State Board of Education unveils teacher and principal evaluation system; Board in Ohio trims choice for state chief to two candidates; State teacher evaluation plans slow to receive federal approvals; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Massachusetts State Board places one of Boston’s oldest charters on probation; Georgia board, governor remove local school board members; Thousands of teaching jobs may be lost to sequestration; Teachers call for greater support with common core; more… View Full Post 

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: State Board in Ohio nearly set to choose new chief; Alabama state board renews superintendent’s contract; Indiana lawmakers consider bill to make state school takeovers easier; more… View Full Post

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This week in the State Ed SmartBrief: Kansas State Board of Education adopts new seclusion and restraint rules; State board in North Carolina calls for end to corporal punishment; Test scores get additional weight in some Maryland teacher evaluations; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Wyoming state board starts search for state chief; Third-graders’ reading ability a legislative target in 32 states; more… View Full Post

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This Week in the State Ed SmartBrief: Missouri State Board of Education outlines 2013 priorities; Tennessee may limit virtual charter enrollment; U.S Department of Education guidance: Schools must make “reasonable modifications” for students with disabilities seeking to compete in after-school sports; more… View Full Post

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This week in the State Ed SmartBrief: Illinois State Board of Education looks at raising cut scores on assessments; Maryland State Board to update student discipline policies; New Hampshire education board maintains new charter school moratorium; more… View Full Post

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This week in the State Ed SmartBrief: State Board of Ohio adopts new rules on seclusion and restraint; Kansas state board considers new accreditation requirements; New Congress faces backlog of education bills; more… View Full Post

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This week in the State Ed SmartBrief: Washington State Board of Education sets hearing date on charter rules; Rhode Island governor nominates 9 to newly constituted state board of regents;  California officials want to suspend some exams; more… View Full Post

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This week in the NASBE State Ed SmartBrief: Kansas State Board faces a packed agenda; Indiana State Board approves special education at a taken-over school; New York districts prepare for teacher evaluation overhaul; more… View Full Post

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In the last State Ed SmartBrief of 2012: Mississippi State Board approves rules for charter schools; PARCC issues technology standards to help with common core assessments; See results from our year-end poll question – What do you think is the biggest education issue going into 2013? View Full Post

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This week in the State Ed SmartBrief: Florida State Board of Ed. chooses departing Indiana chief for new commissioner;  Kansas State Board adopts handwriting standards; Nebraska board approves social studies standards; more… View Full Post

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This week in the SmartBrief: Indiana state board approves alternative teacher certification plan; Hawaii board questions student transportation overhaul; Five States launch extended learning time pilot; NASBE releases 2012 study group report Born in Another Time: Ensuring Educational Technology Meets the Needs of Students Today – and Tomorrow; more…   View Full Post

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The NASBE State Ed SmartBrief is up! Missouri State Board of Ed. extends oversight of long-struggling district; Kansas board to review report on elementary science education; Wyoming may delay implementation of teacher evaluation system; more… View Full Post

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This week in the State Ed SmartBrief: Michigan State Board of Education recommended changes to a bill that would place “failing” schools taken over by the Education Achievement Authority under the authority of the governor instead of the state board; Idaho State Board repeals measure to require online learning as graduation requirement; South Carolina board […]

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This week in the State Ed SmartBrief: Georgia State Board warns online charter about special education student instruction; Kansas State Board looks at defining college- and career-ready; Wyoming State Board petitions legislature for delay in reform implementation; more…   View Full Post

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This week in the State Ed SmartBrief: Vermont State Board of Education picks three finalists for state chief; North Carolina moves to replace its student information system; Education initiatives had mixed results in election; more… View Full Post  

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Virginia State Board adopts plan to close math achievement gap; Illinois releases school report cards; Five states seek early learning grants; more… View Full Post

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Elections could bring changes to many state boards; Idaho’s laptop initiative hits snag; Expanded cyberbullying law to take effect in North Carolina; more… View Full Post

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The NASBE State Ed SmartBrief is up! Kentucky SBOE hears testimony on restraint and seclusion; New Hampshire state board places moratorium on new charter schools; Have you checked out the new issue of the NASBE State Education Standard “Implementing the Common Core”?; more…   View Full Post

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The SmartBrief is up! Missouri State Board revokes Normandy district’s accreditation; Kansas State Board approves council to coordinate P-16 education; Connecticut task force looks to curb special ed. costs; more…   View Full Post

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NASBE State Ed SmartBrief is up! Ohio state board sets 3rd grade reading benchmark; North Carolina board approves 25 new charter schools; Virginia to revise school accountability system to meet terms of NCLB waiver; more…   View Full Post

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NASBE State Ed SmartBrief is up! California State Board to decide fate of 8th grade algebra; Connecticut state board approves funding for pre-k tuition at magnet schools; Almost 900 districts apply for Race to the Top grants; New Hampshire to apply for NCLB waiver; more…   View Full Post

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South Dakota State Board approves school accountability system; Arizona links teacher pay to student test scores; Poll question – Should the traditional school calendar with a long summer break be replaced by year-round schooling with shorter breaks spread through the year?   View Full Post

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Vermont State Board Seeks Chief Candidates; Ohio Delays Release of School Report Cards; Race to the Top Rule Changes; Teacher Evaluation Laws Compared; more…   View Full Post

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The latest in state education policy news from across the country, featuring this week’s poll question “Should common standards be developed for all subject areas?”

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