U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education has signed off on Connecticut's plan to relieve thousands of high school juniors from having to take an unpopular standardized test.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday that federal authorities have approved the waiver his office submitted seeking to replace the 11th grade Smarter Balance Assessment, or SBAC, exam. 11th grade students will now take the SAT instead of the SBAC exam.

The change will take effect in the 2015-2016 school year.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

Several Connecticut schools and one Suffolk County school are among those called exemplary by the U.S. Department of Education Tuesday.

Charles Lane

A national education expert told Long Island school administrators Tuesday that they should join parents in the revolt against Common Core.  Diane Ravitch, former assistant sectary of education, said the new set of education standards are socially irresponsible and likely against the law.  

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Seven women who say they were victims of sexual assaults while students at the University of Connecticut have filed a federal discrimination complaint against the school.

Attorney Gloria Allred says Monday's complaint to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights alleges the school failed to do enough in response to the women's allegations.