As state legislatures convene in 2014, look for renewed debate about Common Core academic standards and the testing that comes along with it, says Pam Goins, director of education policy for the Council of State Governments.
That's certainly true in North Carolina, where questions about testing are raging and the state is moving toward new exams developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that will provide cross-state comparisons of higher-level skills.
In addition to assessment and accountability, the council pegs the top five education issues for 2014 as expanding access to early childhood education, increasing college/workforce readiness, figuring out the best uses of digital learning and increasing college completion.
Those all sound on target for our state, though I'd add teacher compensation and charters/choice to North Carolina's hot-topic list for 2014. Any other big items on your radar?