The U.S. Department of Education has revoked Washington state's waiver from No Child Left Behind, which means the state will have to find other ways to replace the $40 million it was receiving in federal funds. The decision to revoke the federal waiver stems from the state's refusal to tie students' test scores to teachers' evaluations -- a requirement under the waiver. Loss of the waiver means that the state will resume reporting adequate yearly progress under NCLB.
Spokane Public Schools in Washington state adopted an interim math curriculum for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. EngageNY -- designed by the New York State Education Department -- provides free, common core-aligned materials online for schools. The district will use the materials until textbooks using the new standards are available.
Some schools in Washington state are incorporating tablet devices into their curriculum, and staff members say the move is transforming learning in many ways. Digital tools that some schools are using to help streamline their curricula include instant messaging, digital access to notes and homework, and polling features that allow students to share their opinions during class.
Washington state's Central Valley School District in Spokane Valley will pilot nearly 20 new books as part of a comprehensive overhaul of the district's social studies curriculum. Students currently use books that do not mention key historical moments, such as Sept. 11 or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, school officials said.
Vancouver, Wash., parents credit a set of drums and music lessons for helping their son with autism learn to talk and interact socially. The drums, for which Ian Engelsman appears to have natural talent, also has brought him social recognition by winning a school talent show. "You have no idea how many times he's been rejected," his mother, Claudia Engelsman, said. "But now, the drums have opened, maybe not other doors, but doors that offer opportunities."