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Stories with subject: Education standards
  • La. legislative session reaches its midway point 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:19 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Efforts to raise Louisiana's minimum wage and let school teachers carry guns to work appear jettisoned for the legislative session. Tougher restrictions on the payday lending industry and efforts to lessen marijuana penalties are on life support. And none of the major budget decisions have been settled.

  • Board member asks for old Indiana school standards 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:18 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - A State Board of Education member formally requested Friday that an education panel abandon a proposed overhaul of Indiana's education standards and instead recommend that the state's previous benchmarks be reinstated in classrooms this fall.

  • Branstad signs school radon bill into law 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:10 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Education must gather information from schools about whether they are testing for radon gas under a bill Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law.

  • Education chief: Testing critics don't have plan 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:02 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Continued efforts to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers, Superintendent of Education John White said Thursday.

  • Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:55 am
  • Wisconsin State Journal, April 16

  • Indiana faces deadline on new education standards 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:43 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - As the first state to drop the national Common Core learning standards, Indiana is rushing to approve new state-crafted benchmarks in time for teachers to use them this fall, and education leaders from across the nation are closely watching.

  • Final draft of new education standards released 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:46 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - The state released the final draft of Indiana's proposed education standards Tuesday morning, leaving less than a week for a panel that includes Gov. Mike Pence to review those guidelines and decide whether they should go to the State Board of Education for a final vote of approval.

  • Ohio school board debates sexual orientation rule 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:28 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board.

  • SC Education agency pulls out of testing program 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:43 am
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina Education Superintendent Mick Zais has withdrawn the state from testing for new standards next year.

  • Senators vying for higher posts spar in hearing 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 7:13 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - A Senate panel's discussion about how best to overhaul the curriculum and testing procedures for Texas high schools at times felt like a political debate Monday, as a gubernatorial hopeful and two candidates for lieutenant governor shared the spotlight.

  • Illinois debates continuing free ACT test 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 1:03 pm
  • DEKALB, Illinois - Thousands of high school junior students are preparing for this year's ACT as Illinois lawmakers consider whether to continue paying for them to take the college readiness exam.

  • Math, reading tests results may not go public 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 10:56 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas education officials are considering not releasing the results of annual state math and reading tests after computer problems and cyberattacks have plagued the administration of this year's exams.

  • Fla. House approves expansion of voucher program 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 7:08 pm
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Following a fierce partisan debate where legislators traded barbs and accused each other of hypocrisy, the Florida House on Friday voted in favor of expanding the state's main private school voucher program.

  • Teachers, parents debate how much to test students 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 6:28 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana education officials are trying to find a balance between preparing students for a new statewide test and overloading them with assessments as Indiana moves forward as the first state to drop the Common Core education standards.

  • Common Core standards dredge up old apprehensions 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:25 pm
  • LAS VEGAS - Nevada's efforts to adopt new education standards are being roundly applauded by educators and business leaders but drawing the scorn of some parents who say the initiative is too radical.

  • Dozens of NYC schools protest state English tests 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:19 pm
  • NEW YORK - Principals at some three dozen New York City public schools led protests Friday against this year's New York state English tests, which they said were poorly designed and confusing.

  • Senate approves bill on ailing nursing schools 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 12:49 pm
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Senate on Friday moved to try to address sliding test scores for nursing school graduates and a glut of poorly performing programs, passing a measure that would require accreditation for all new schools within five years of accepting students.

  • NYC schools: Tests alone won't decide who repeats 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 4:05 pm
  • NEW YORK - New York City schools will de-emphasize the role of standardized test scores in deciding which students must repeat a grade, Chancellor Carmen Farina said Wednesday.

  • Board of Education cancels May transition test 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:22 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana students won't be taking a test this May that was meant to help transition to new education standards.

  • Drake business school gives up accreditation 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 10:26 am
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake University's business school leaders have decided to give up an accreditation for a year.

  • Mo. House adopts bill to study education standards 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 7:40 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri's Republican-led House scaled back its opposition to new state education standards and endorsed legislation Tuesday to allow them to stay in place while a committee studies their effectiveness.

  • Wisconsin voucher student scores lagging 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 6:31 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Students attending private schools in Wisconsin using taxpayer subsidized vouchers did not score as well overall as their public school counterparts on reading or math tests, results released Tuesday show.

  • Correction: Patchy College Pipeline story 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 3:04 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - In a story April 5 about how few high school students are eligible for California's public universities, The Associated Press erroneously reported the methodology that UCLA professor John Rogers used to estimate the percentage that fail to meet entrance requirements. Rogers factored in students who dropped out or did not graduate in four years, rather than removing them from the equation.

  • Putting Common Core to the test 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 1:53 pm
  • LEWISTON, Idaho - It's test time for Idaho students - and for the test itself.

  • Business interests question Republican truths 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 10:05 am
  • AUSTIN, Texas - Business interests are walking the halls of the Texas Capitol calling on lawmakers to rethink some of their past policies, hoping that after the November election they can win some key victories next year.