Texas Board Revises Sex Education Standards to Include More Birth Control

“Texas is a very diverse state, obviously, and the 200-plus rural school districts that I represent, I wanted to give them the freedom and the latitude to include some of those items in their curriculum, in their teaching, if they choose to do so,” he said at Friday’s meeting.

More than 20 hours of public comment, from across the political spectrum, were heard in June and September over revisions of the state’s health education standards. Ricardo Martinez, the chief executive of Equality Texas, an L.G.B.T.Q. advocacy group, testified multiple times ahead of Friday’s vote and said that excluding language about gender identity, sexual orientation and consent hindered students’ ability to navigate the world.

“You change hearts and minds by educating people about the lived experiences of those around them,” he said in an interview. “Robbing folks, especially at this age, from receiving their vital information of how you can make

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A CFP is an advisor armed with extensive education and ethical standards to help you manage your money

a person standing in front of a window: Certified Financial Planners (CFPs) must have considerable financial expertise, both academic and practical, and agree to always put clients' interests before their own. baona/Getty Images

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Certified Financial Planners (CFPs) must have considerable financial expertise, both academic and practical, and agree to always put clients’ interests before their own. baona/Getty Images

  • A Certified Financial Planner (CFP) is a trade-industry designation for advisors and other professionals in the financial field. 
  • To gain the CFP credential, planners must have a certain amount of experience, pass a rigorous exam, and commit to ongoing financial education.
  • While not a legal license, the CFP indicates that a planner will bring a higher level of financial expertise and ethical behavior to their advice and management of a client’s finances and investments.
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When you’re seeking advice on money matters, navigating the waters of wealth managers, financial planners, and other advisors can be downright confusing. Who should you trust in a field that’s largely unregulated, but chock full of professionals with

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North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board

House Bill 1287, the American Board Bill, was signed into law on April 24, 2019.

American Board is an independent agency, not part of ESPB. They provide a competency-based program which leads to initial licensure in ND.

Please go to the American Board website: for details on course offerings, cost, and timeline.   

ESPB will grant a license to individuals who:

  1. Possesses a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  2. Passes a criminal history record check required by section 15.1-13 -14
  3. Successfully completes the American Board alternative program

The following content areas are offered by the American Board in North Dakota:

Elementary education

Elementary education with a reading endorsement

English language arts

United States and world history


General science




In addition to completing the American Board requirements, applicants must complete the following requirements within the first two years of contracted time in a North Dakota school:


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Curriculum: National and State Standards

“All states and schools will have challenging and clear standards of achievement and accountability for all children, and effective strategies for reaching those standards.” — U.S. Dept. of Education

Search our interactive map to find standards specific to your state:

U.S. Map of State Standards


Common Core State Standards Initiative

“The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)….These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;

  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;

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Science Standards of Learning Resources

Standards of Learning (SOL) & Testing

2019-2020 School Year: Crosswalk between 2010 Science Standards of Learning and the 2018 Science Standards of Learning

During the 2019-2020 school year, school divisions will incorporate new standards into local curriculum written curricula for inclusion in the taught curricula during the 2020-2021 school year. For more information, refer to the Science Standards of Learning (SOL) Review Timeline and Superintendent’s Memo 155-19 .

Science Textbook Approval Process Timeline Approved 

The Virginia Board of Education reviewed the timeline for the K-12 Science Textbook Review on July 25, 2019.  Questions concerning the science textbook review process can be directed to [email protected]

Science Content Guidelines

Content guidelines are in the process of being constructed for all Biology II and Earth Science II courses.  The intention

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