N.Y.C. Chancellor Pushes for Schools to Reinstate Independent-Reading Time

Reading instruction is making its way back into the public eye under New York City's new school chancellor.


Kentucky Denied Flexibility on Science Testing by Federal Officials

The Kentucky education commissioner blasted the U.S. Department of Education in a recent blog post for rejecting his state's request for a one-year waiver on science assessments.


Vermont Board of Education Blasts Misuse of Standardized Tests

In a new set of guiding principles for assessment, the Vermont board calls on Congress to change the No Child Left Behind Act and embrace 'judicious' approaches to testing.


Tennessee to Add Cursive Writing to State Standards

Tennessee students in grades 2-4 will be expected to learn cursive writing starting next year.


Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment

The PARCC consortium drops some items from its literacy test, saying that it could still test the standards sufficiently with fewer items.


Kentucky Solicits Suggestions to Change Common-Core Standards

The state is inviting the public to vote "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" on each standard, and to provide specific, detailed feedback.


Researcher Diagnoses Four Problems With Common-Core Math Implementation

A researcher and education professor at Michigan State University laid out his take on four major problems with how the common-core math standards are being implemented.


U.S. Ed. Sec. Duncan: Too Much Testing Costs Teachers and Students 'Precious Time'

U.S. Education Secretary identifies bad tests, and too much testing, as key problems, but doesn't provide details yet on what the department might do about them.


Study: Math Fluency Linked to Changes in Brain

As children make the transition from finger-counting to retrieving math facts from memory, their brains begin to change, according to a new study from Stanford University.


Changes Coming to AP U.S. History Exam

Revisions in the U.S. history framework have led to a reduction in multiple-choice items and the addition of a short-answer section.


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