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Passing Standards on New High School Tests Called 'Inadequate'

Texas high school students can pass most of the state's new end-of-course exams this year by answering fewer than half the questions correctly, prompting concerns that the initial standards are not tough enough.

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Kansas Awaits Word on No Child Left Behind Waiver

The head of the Kansas Department of Education said Wednesday it's not certain that the state will be granted its waiver request from the federal government for more flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Paul Vallas, for Sale

A veteran superintendent who has led turnaround efforts in four large U.S. districts has started a new venture that he expects will broaden his reach.

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Paul Vallas for Sale

A veteran superintendent who has led turnaround efforts in four large U.S. districts has started a new venture that he expects will broaden his reach.

The Vallas Group, headed by Paul Vallas, former head of the Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans Recovery districts and currently interim superintendent of the Bridgeport (Conn.) Public Schools, is partnering with Dallas-based Cambium Learning Group to bring his school improvement model to more schools in the nation. With experience on projects in Haiti and Chile, Vallas may even bring the model to other countries as well.

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32 Idaho Districts Make Student Laptop List

A mix of large and small school districts will be first in line when Idaho starts providing laptop computers for every ninth- through 12th-grader next year, according to a list obtained today by The Associated Press.

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Ten Conn. Districts Chosen to Shape Teacher Evaluation System

Calling it another step to “fix what’s broken in our public schools,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday announced which school districts will test out a much-debated plan to grade teacher performance that will soon be mandatory for every teacher in the state.

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Critics Say Early SAT Session for Gifted Kids Is Unfair

The College Board, which offers its SAT college entrance exam seven times during the school year, is under pressure to cancel a plan that allows a group of gifted students to take the test later this summer.

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Bill Introduced to Reshape Higher Ed in N.J.

Gov. Christie lent guarded support to a bill introduced by Democratic legislative leaders Monday that would dramatically reshape higher education in New Jersey by drawing Rutgers-Camden closer to Rowan University and by breaking up the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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Most School Districts Reject 'Pink Slime' for Lunch Programs

The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that leaped into the news earlier this year.

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Oregon's state Superintendent Resigns, Leaving the Governor in Charge of Education

Oregon's state schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced Monday that she'll be quitting at the end of the month to take a job at a national education nonprofit. Castillo's departure --2 1/2 years before her term ends -- eliminates a state elected office and gives Gov. John Kitzhaber unprecedented control over education in Oregon.

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