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  • Indiana Set to Withdraw from Common Core National Assessments

    Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) announced that the Hoosier State will be withdrawing itself as a member of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Governing Board, effective August 12, 2013. For Indiana, this is one more step toward reclaiming control over what is taught … More

    Education Reform Goes Big in the Tar Heel State

    North Carolina is on a roll. Last week, Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed a budget passed by the state legislature chock-full of education reforms, including a new school choice option for children from low- and middle-income families. The new budget includes: Scholarships for children from low- and middle-income families. The … More

    Georgia Reclaims Control of Testing; Neighbor Florida to Consider the Same

    Georgia is withdrawing from the Common Core national assessments, and neighboring Florida could soon follow suit. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R), along with Superintendent John Barge, sent a letter to the district superintendents throughout the Peach State last week announcing the decision. Georgia’s move highlights both immediate, practical concerns and … More

    Colorado School District Rejects Common Core National Standards

    The Douglas County School Board in Colorado passed a resolution opposing the Common Core national standards due to the quality of the standards and on principle. Douglas County has been setting a great precedent for education policy with the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program and its merit-based pay for teachers. … More

    Common Core: Homeschoolers Face New Questions on College Admissions

    New information on Common Core “alignment” by the ACT, SAT, and even GED exams raises questions about the impact Common Core will have on private and homeschooled students and their ability to “opt out” of the federally incentivized standards if they want to apply for college. David Coleman, new head … More

    Common Core Implementation Proves Problematic

    New York and Kentucky have begun testing based on the new Common Core education standards, and they are quickly seeing frustration among educators, parents, and students. The states that have signed on to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative are supposed to fully implement the standards by the 2014–2015 … More

    Colorado Teachers Now Paid for Performance, Not Years of Service

    Douglas County, Colorado is once again leading the state in education reform by adopting a teacher compensation plan that has school districts across the nation talking. Teachers in Douglas County are finally getting a pay system that could reflect their value: one that rewards hard work based on merit, not … More

    Idaho’s Khan Academy Initiative: Embracing Educational Technology

    Today’s technology means that education can be tailored to the specific needs of each child. Idaho is leading the way in adopting these types of innovations with its statewide initiative to integrate Khan Academy videos into the classroom. The Khan Academy is an online-based learning tool that creates a self-paced … More