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National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs
Launch Common State Academic Standards
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a set of state-led education standards, the Common Core State Standards, at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA. The English-language arts and mathematics standards for grades K-12 were developed in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders including content experts, states, teachers, school administrators and parents. The standards establish clear and consistent goals for learning that will prepare America's children for success in college and work. The release of the standards marks the conclusion of the development of the Common Core State Standards and signals the start of the adoption and implementation process by the states. The year-long process was led by governors and chief state school officers in 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia. The final standards were informed by nearly 10,000 public comments and by standards in other top performing countries so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy.  Click here to view the full press release.

Indiana Department of Education Releases New AP Metric: State Leaders Recognize 20 New Schools for Access and Success
The Indiana Department of Education released a new Advanced Placement (AP) metric, combining the need for both access and success to the state’s most challenging courses. Along with the release of the new metric, 20 schools were honored for their AP success during a luncheon in downtown Indianapolis. The event highlighted IDOE’s plan for creating and promoting a statewide culture of academic excellence where 25 percent of Indiana graduates pass at least one AP exam (score of 3 or higher) or International Baccalaureate exam (score of 4 or higher) or earn at least three semester hours of college credit during their high school years.  Click here to view the press release.

May 19, 2010 - New Podcast for Michigan
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan's newest podcast takes a look back at the past year and the accomplishments that Michigan has seen. These accomplishments include the Phase II Race to the Top application, Project Re-Imagine, as well as the statewide Drop-out Challenge. Enjoy "Bringing on the Mustard"!

Ohio Receives Award to Enhance Data Systems
In an announcement on May 24, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Deborah Delisle spoke about the $5.1 million dollar award from the U.S. Department of Education to help enhance Ohio's statewide longitudinal data system.  Click here to view the press release.

Department begins Competition for $437 Million in Teacher Incentive Fund Grants
On May 20th, the U.S. Department of Education made $437 million in Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant applications available for school districts, non profits and states. TIF grants support local projects that reward teachers, principals and other school personnel who improve student achievement. States, districts and non-profits partnering with states or districts are eligible to apply. Applications are due July 6th and grants will be awarded in September 2010. Click here to view the press release.

Tiered Interventions in High School: Using Preliminary 'Lessons Learned' To Guide Ongoing Discussion – New Resource Available!
This collaborative report from the Center on Instruction, the National High School Center, and the National Center on Response to Intervention, summarizes what the High School Tiered Interventions Initiative (HSTII) has learned about effective implementation of RTI in high schools. It provides a brief description of the RTI framework and the essential components of RTI, illustrates how the essential components of RTI are implemented at eight schools, and highlights contextual factors unique to high. Click here to view the document.

When the Common Core State Standards are released, will you be ready?
Districts and schools will have to work together and develop specific plans to integrate their educational activities with the Common Core. Learning Point Associates, in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers, is providing a two-day institute on May 5 and 6, 2010, for states and districts to localize the Common Core State Standards. Participants will develop integrated comprehensive state or district plans and strategies for aligning standards, assessments, and instruction with the Common Core. Learn more about Localizing the Common Core Standards Institute.

Phase 1 Race To The Top Finalists Announced
On March 4, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education announced 16 finalists competing in the first-round funding for Race To The Top. The 16 states will now be required to present their comprehensive plans to a review panel. View the official press release from the U.S. Department of Education and learn more about the selected states and the process.

i3 Grant Applications Now Available
On March 8, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education released a statement announcing that the grant application process for the Investing in Innovation (i3) funds is now open. The $650 million dollar fund, which is a part of the $5 billion dollar American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was created to support innovative research-based programs that are designed to help close the achievement gap. View the official press release on the U.S. Department of Education’s web page, which also includes a link to the grant application process.


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