Three years before the common assessments are fully operational and rolled out, we see ripples from the common standards affecting assessment. Take as one example the many questions hovering about students with disabilities. As my colleague Nirvi Shah reports, the path to assessing such students is full of challenges. We've written a lot here about the two consortia that are designing tests for the common standards, and the target population for those tests includes some students with disabilities. But as Nirvi reminds us, two additional consortia are working on tests for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. All four ...


An advocacy coalition argues that the first draft of common science standards gives short shrift to computer science education.


The ACLU is calling on some school districts to halt their use of single-sex classrooms, suggesting the programs may be violating state and federal laws.


A highly regarded STEM school in Virginia is drawing attention after changes to its admissions policy have raised questions about access vs. achievement.


States' winning applications for waivers from No Child Left Behind shift the goals and timelines of tests.


Massachusetts plans to require high school seniors to pass a test in U.S. history to graduate, and Maryland approves a law to reinstate passage of a test in U.S. government.


A "Dear Colleague" letter from the National Science Foundation is seeking public input on a proposed $60 million initiative to improve math education.


A new guide from the federal "What Works Clearinghouse" seeks to help educators improve their students' math-problem solving skills in grades 4-8.


DoDEA, common standards


The Alabama state senate has approved a resolution encouraging the state board of education to undo its adoption of the common standards.


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