SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah State Board of Education has adopted new health education standards for grades K-12.
The Deseret News reports that it's the first time the board has new health...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota education officials have revised high school graduation requirements to offer more flexibility to students in the upcoming school year.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The panel that sets education standards for North Carolina law enforcement has decided all officers assigned to public schools must complete training about their on-campus work.
Attorney General Josh Stein's office said the state Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission voted Friday to require the specific training for all school resource officers.
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New South Dakota education standards mirror Common Core
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard announced the state has officially replaced its Common Core standards.
Juneau school officials consider teaching climate change
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau school officials are considering adopting national science education standards that include teaching middle and high school students about climate change.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a pair of bills that impose 12-year term limits on members of the state Board of Regents and a board that sets content standards for elementary and secondary schools.
The Republican governor signed the bills into law Thursday.
Regents appointed after July 1 will be limited to two consecutive six-year terms. That board governs South Dakota's six state universities and two special schools.
House panel raise concerns surrounding sex-education bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal to update Idaho's nearly 50-year-old sex education law sparked too many concerns for lawmakers to advance the legislation on Friday.
Instead, the House Education Committee agreed the bill needs to be amended to better protect parental rights before allowing the full House to vote on it.
Indiana House passes bill to overhaul high school diplomas
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House on Monday approved a bill that would overhaul the types of high school diplomas offered to students.
The measure by Republican Indianapolis Rep. Bob Behning was approved on an 84-5 vote. It now moves to the Senate, where a similar measure is being considered.
It's just the latest change in a state education system that has been in near continuous state of tumult in recent years amid changes in testing and education standards.
New Mexico adopts national arts standards for K-12 education
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top education official said the state plans to emphasize a need to teach and support the arts by adopting new statewide K-12 education standards on the arts.
Concerns about the direction of Massachusetts student achievement under the Common Core-based curriculum were validated by an analysis of our public schools' results on a national assessment test.
A new report commissioned by the Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank, shows our schools' performance in English and math has "deteriorated" on a national report card since the state adopted education standards similar to Common Core in 2010.
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BOSTON -- Massachusetts public schools' performance in English and math has "deteriorated" since the state adopted education standards similar to Common Core in 2010, a new report by the Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank, asserts.
The Pioneer study, released Tuesday, found that the educational quality in math and English has declined, and led a dip in scores on a national report card.
School education standards to be tested in Arizona
Like Wile E. Coyote convinced of his genius, Washington has vowed repeatedly that its latest schemes for reform will fix things "this time." And, repeatedly, meaningful change has proved slippery.
Case in point: the "Every Student Succeeds Act" (ESSA) of 2015. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle promised the new regulations would give schools more "flexibility" under the regulations and room for "innovation."
K-12 standards to include Native American history
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Revised Wyoming K-12 education standards with a new Native American history component could be ready for State Board of Education review in January or February.
Laurie Hernandez is division director of standards and assessment for the Department of Education.
Hernandez says a committee is being formed to develop the new social studies standards over the next couple of months, followed by review from the state education board.
Education officials warn parents to get ready for a tough testing transition
LINCOLN - Education officials are warning students and parents to prepare for a drop in test scores as the state implements new, tougher standards.
Nebraska Education Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt says the new standards have been adopted to better prepare students for all the transitions they will make throughout their educational career.
Blomstedt says the new education standards are tougher, which follow national trends in raising the bar.
Santa Fe school board opposes new state science education standards
The Santa Fe school board has decided in a unanimous vote to oppose the state’s proposed new science education standards and is asking the New Mexico Public Education Department to adopt, instead, an already established set of guidelines created by a coalition of science teachers.
SFPS board questions ‘troubling’ science curriculum proposal
New Mexico’s dramatic overhaul of science education standards, which is drawing criticism from across the state and around the nation, is “troubling,” Superintendent Veronica García told Santa Fe school board members Tuesday.
Reading from a prepared statement, García said the state Public Education Department has “omitted key concepts, most notably, climate change and evolution.”
Nebraska’s new education standards to include climate change
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Board of Education has approved new science standards that will see the state's public schools teaching climate change for the first time.
Federal government approves North Dakota education standards
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The federal government has approved North Dakota's newly crafted state education standards.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says the plan that North Dakota officials have been working on for more than a year meets the requirements under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
The law superseded the No Child Left Behind law and gives states more flexibility on student testing and academic standards.
95-plus percent of Texas school districts meet standards
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than 95 percent of Texas school districts, and around 89 percent of individual schools, have met minimum education standards — slight improvements over last year.
The Texas Education Agency announced results Tuesday for 1,203 districts and 8,757 schools. It has frequently overhauled ratings in recent years, meaning lower failure rates.
Discussion whether to revise state sex, health education standards stirs heated debate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers in the California Assembly have voted to permanently eliminate the state's high school exit exam, which has been suspended since 2015.
Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra of San Jose said Thursday the exam known as CAHSEE (KA'-see) is outdated. It was aligned with the curriculum standards in place when the test was started in 2000. California has since adopted new Common Core education standards.
Arizona Senate OKs bill expanding teacher certifications
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate advanced legislation Tuesday backed by Gov. Doug Ducey that changes the rules and qualifications for who can become a teacher in the state, drawing opposition from Democrats who say it will undermine education standards.
Ducey is so supportive of the legislation that he took to Twitter before the Senate even passed it to declare, "Sent it my way!!."
"Let's reform teacher certification and get more great teachers in AZ classrooms!!" he tweeted.
Arkansas Board of Education puts district on probation
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Education has voted to place the Lee County School District on probation for violating education standards on staffing and course offerings.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Some Wisconsin students are still learning cursive, even though it's not required in the Common Core education standards.
Elementary students in the Eau Claire school district, Chippewa Falls school district, Altoona school and Regis Catholic Schools all learn cursive, the Leader-Telegram (http://bit.ly/2n7pMFd) reported.
WSCC’s Early Childhood Education program seeks national accreditation
SCOTTVILLE — West Shore Community College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is seeking national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC.)The national accreditation process measures the quality of a college’s early childhood education standards and provides higher education institutions the ability to transfer early childhood education associate degrees from one accredited institution to another explained WSCC Professor of Early Childhood...
UW Education College wins national accreditation
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming College of Education has received national accreditation for the next seven years based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards.
Accreditation requires an on-site review of the professional education unit and a review of the individual programs within the unit.
The evaluation team determined that the college meets each of the six unit standards.
Arizona amends education standards, adds cursive requirement
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona will require public schools to teach cursive handwriting as one of a number of new education standards approved by the state Board of Education.
The move amends the state's current standards, which are based on federal guidelines known as the Common Core. Common Core has become a politicized topic and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas campaigned on a promise to replace it.
Sununu’s education picks will help shape schools’ futures
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov.-elect Chris Sununu will make key education appointments in his first three months in office, affording the Republican considerable power to shape the direction of public education in the state.
Lawmakers push to add Indian education to state curriculum
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A group of Wyoming lawmakers are pushing for a statewide curriculum on Native American tribes.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2g6iKKi ) that the Select Committee on Tribal Relations unanimously passed the bill, commonly called Indian Education for All, last month.
Local student takes to online high school
When Taylor Hampton told her friends she was leaving high school to enroll in a virtual school online, they said she was crazy. With a negative image of a home-schooled student in their minds, they told her she would never make it or enjoy it.
Almost a year later, now a senior at Oregon Connections Academy, Hampton, 18, has been elected as ORCA’s first-ever student body president.
Judge dismisses Common Core-related lawsuit against state
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by opponents of the Common Core education standards.
Tioga Republican Rep. Bob Skarphol and three others sued last year to bar the state from paying membership fees to an organization that supports the federally backed standards.
Montana educators adopt new science standards
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Board of Public Education has adopted new science standards for public school students that have benchmarks for what students need to know at certain grade levels.
The new standards don't tell teachers what to teach, and local districts will still have control over their curriculum. The standards combine Indian Education for All, Montana's constitutional requirement that schools teach about the state's Native American history and contemporary culture.
Fallin names former education board member to regents’ panel
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former member of the State Board of Education who also helped oversee the development of new state education standards has been appointed to the board of regents for the Regional University System of Oklahoma.
Draft P.E. standards place emphasis on teaching life skills
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — New state physical education standards being drafted by the Nebraska Department of Education place more emphasis on teaching fitness and life skills over traditional team sports.
Members of the State Board of Education previewed a draft of the standards Thursday. The draft was crafted by a team of educators from public and private Nebraska schools, colleges and universities.
See which local districts, campuses did not meet state education standards
Three area school districts and 17 campuses, including six in Beaumont, did not meet state education standards this year, the Texas Education Agency announced on Monday, but at least one plans to appeal the rating.
School districts were notified on Friday of their state accountability ratings but the state did not release the data to the public until Monday.