One of the influential voices in shaping the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts was Barbara Kapinus, a senior policy analyst at the National Education Association. She retired from that post early last month. But now she's taking a lead role in guiding the creation of the tests being designed for the new standards. Kapinus has been named the English/language arts director of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, officials disclosed today. Announcement of a parallel director in mathematics is expected to come soon. SMARTER Balanced isn't the only consortium to be drawing on Kapinus' expertise. The other ...

Relatively few U.S. students scored at the 'advanced' level in science on the latest round of NAEP results.

A group of universities, community colleges, and school districts have just announced plans to work together to revamp secondary math teacher preparation to better align with the common standards.

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium finalizes its plan to create a bank of online resources for teachers.

A conference to explore the potential of technology-enhanced assessments yields a landscape of promise and challenges.

The first draft of a set of 'next generation' science standards will be released for public comment this week.

Participating schools will be part of a pilot program aimed at measuring how their students compare with their global peers.

You might have heard that Utah has been surfing the waves of common-standards controversy lately. Now it appears that the standards aren't the only thing the state is uneasy about. It's also uneasy about the tests being designed for them. We are getting word that Utah plans to downgrade its membership in one of the assessment consortia from "governing" to "advisory." Governing states have voting power on key policy and design questions. They also are committed to using the tests when they are ready in 2014-15. Advisory states can sit in on discussions, but have no voting power and do ...

A civil rights coalition has scheduled a meeting with top GED officials to discuss its concerns that a redesign of the test will make it more expensive, and thus less accessible, for the low-income people who most need to take it.

A new research paper offers a defense of the Common Core State Standards, suggesting that they are world class and hold considerable promise to help improve student achievement.


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