The Utah State Board of Education has adopted new health education standards for grades K-12. The updated standards now includes students in grades kindergarten through second grade. The new health education standards cover mental health and emotional health, substance abuse prevention, safety and disease prevention, nutrition, human development and health foundation, and protective factors of healthy self. The previous health education standards were last adopted in 1997.
The New Mexico Public Education Department announced that the state's standardized testing and teacher evaluations will be getting a makeover. The state agency is seeking public input for updates and ideas on how to measure the proficiency of students and teachers, PARCC for testing and NM Teach for the evaluations were also included in survey rollout to the public earlier this month. New Mexico plans to submit the proposed amendments received during the feedback period in its ESSA state plan to the U.S. Department of Education towards the end of April.
The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is seeking Professional Learning Partnerships to advance professional learning services supporting implementation of high-quality instructional materials. Of interest is supporting service development and refinement in middle and high schools serving student populations that are at least 50 percent Black, Latino, emerging multilingual or English Learner (EL)-designated, and/or low-income, in California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and North Carolina. This initiative is a part of the larger portfolio of investments that comprise the K-12 Curriculum and Instructional Tools portfolio.
This Policy Analysis highlights research on school discipline, past state policy trends, current policy examples and considerations for policymakers examining their state’s policies. It also looks at how states address school discipline data in their plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Collaboration between K–12 public school districts and higher education, as well as between education institutions, workforce groups, and community organizations, has the potential to improve college and labor market outcomes for individual students and for local communities. However, improvement efforts demand the use of longitudinal data to define the problem, set goals, and monitor progress. In the absence of a statewide systematic method for tracking students’ educational trajectories and employment outcomes, education institutions and community organizations are working in regional partnerships to effectively use data to improve student outcomes.