1. In 2012, 14 states enacted policies either mandating or strongly recommending that students be held back if they can’t read proficiently by third grade.

2. Currently, just 27 states are planning to use the Common Core assessments, either PARCC or SBAC, with the rest either using other assessments or are still undecided.

3. The University of Pittsburgh’s Learning and Research Development Center has been awarded $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education “to test and refine a training model used in manufacturing and health care to see if it works as well to support transitioning to the Common Core Standards.

4. The National Center for Education Statistics says 4th graders are capable of using a computer to type, organize, and write well enough to be assessed but they had trouble using things like the drop-down menus, editing icons, the highlighter tool, among others.

5. Because of ObamaCare, which mandates benefits to all employees who work at least 30 hours a week, an increasing number of districts are turning to private companies for substitute teachers.

6. Google’s Classroom app has officially launched in 42 languages worldwide and is designed “to help take the clutter out of everyday class assignments.”