From Deseret News
Amping up math standards has been a key piece of the campaign to get American high school students "college and career ready," but some critics say the math skills now demanded of many high school students are simply harder than they need to be, even for the majority of college-bound students. Nearly 20 states now require high school students to take Algebra II, although Texas, which started the trend back in 2006, dropped the requirement last year.
From The Atlantic
“This school would be more of a safety,” Joyce Szuflita explained to the parents. She gestured at the colored paper handouts fanned out between them, and then pointed at another zoned school on a different sheet. “That’s a curated class of parents because they chose to move into the zone of the school that they wanted,” said Szuflita. “So, you don't have to have G&T if you have that," she added, referring to gifted-and-talented programs.
From Education Dive
John B. King Jr. takes over as acting secretary of education Jan. 1, assuming the position with barely more than one year left in President Barack Obama’s second term. King will skip a potentially contentious nomination process and become “acting” secretary of education in just a few weeks.
The graduation rate for the nation's class of 2014 reached a record 82 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from the class of 2013's graduation rate, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education Tuesday.