Latest Education standards News

Oklahoma lawmakers to mull rules limiting 4-day school weeks

Jan. 27, 2020 5:02 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will consider new rules that would raise the student performance standards for schools to operate on a four-day work week. The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Thursday in favor of adopting the new standards starting in the 2021-22 school year....

New temporary contract for NC school reading tests OK'd

Jan. 27, 2020 3:43 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government's information technology chief has signed off on a new short-term contract for a vendor to carry out public school reading tests. State Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette agreed to the $929,000 contract between Istation and the Department of Public...

Idaho lawmakers hear divisive testimony on science standards

Jan. 22, 2020 4:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of Idaho lawmakers heard contentious testimony Wednesday on the state's education standards for science. The Idaho Content Standards on English language arts, math and science are heavily based on the Common Core standards used by more than 40 states to describe what students...

Schools chief: Plan to cut history classes should be history

Jan. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's public schools superintendent wants the state Board of Education not to reduce the number of social studies courses required for high school graduation. Superintendent Steve Paine said in a statement Monday that he will make the recommendation based on an...

Mississippi keeps history exam, despite calls to end it

Jan. 18, 2020 12:09 PM EST

Mississippi's state Board of Education is keeping the state's U.S. history exam, despite months of pressure from teachers and others to cut testing. The board voted unanimously on Thursday to keep the test, one of four that public school students must keep in high school. A testing task force in August had...

Massachusetts Senate approves comprehensive sex ed bill

Jan. 16, 2020 4:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require school districts that offer a comprehensive sex education curriculum rely on “medically accurate, age-appropriate" information. Supporters say the bill — which was approved by a 33-2 vote — doesn't...

Lawmakers consider fate of Idaho's Common Core standards

Jan. 15, 2020 7:35 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday took testimony involving Idaho's education standards on English and literacy for the state's 300,000 students put forward by the Idaho State Board of Education. The House Education Committee opted not to vote on a recommendation to the full House...

NC personal finance mandate means 1 less US history class

Jan. 9, 2020 5:37 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Incoming North Carolina high school students will have to take only one course solely focused on American history to get a diploma, the result of a personal finance course mandated by the General Assembly. The State Board of Education adopted on Thursday new graduation requirements...

Lawsuit OK'd; prison tutor says he suspected GED cheating

Jan. 9, 2020 11:07 AM EST

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan prison inmate says he was transferred and lost his job as a tutor after complaining that teachers were supplying answers to a high school equivalency test. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith declined to dismiss the lawsuit, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday, which...

Washington state law requires student vaccinations by Jan. 8

Jan. 1, 2020 10:11 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state school district officials have announced students must be in compliance with vaccination requirements before returning back to school. A new state law took effect in July meaning families can no longer opt out of getting the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine because of...