AM News: All That Testing Comes To Less Than $2 Billion
Standardized Testing Costs States $1.7 Billion a Year, Study Says EdWeek: The report released Nov. 29 by the Washington-based Brown Center on Education Policy, at the Brookings Institution, calculates that the test spending by 44 states and the District of Columbia amounted to $65 per student on average in grades 3-9 based on the most recent test-cost data the researchers could gather.
Charter School Proponents To Announce Major Focus On Shutting Down Failing Schools HuffPostEdu: On Wednesday morning, Richmond will join New Jersey Schools Commissioner Chris Cerf and California charter schools advocate Jed Wallace at Washington D.C.'s National Press Club to announce a new campaign, "One Million Lives," that aims to crack the whip on the duds.
Duncan Sharpens Second-Term Agenda, Stresses Teacher QualityPoliticsK12: As for renewed areas of emphasis, he clearly wants to focus on teacher and principal quality. He said teacher education programs are "part of the problem."
CPS School Closing Deadline Extension Approved In Illinois House Vote Reuters: The Illinois House voted by a wide margin on Wednesday to allow the Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest district, to extend by four months a deadline to announce what could be dozens of school closings.School officials say they want the additional time to consult with the community over how best to close schools.
Online schools spend millions to attract students USATODAY: An analysis by USA TODAY finds that online charter schools have spent millions in taxpayer dollars on advertising over the past five years, a trend that shows few signs of abating.