The "blend trend" allows states to mix PARCC or Smarter Balanced items with questions from their own vendors, but it comes with a few big cautionary notes.


A researcher says there's evidence that the common core has affected 4th and 8th graders in at least one measurable way: It's got them reading more nonfiction.


Girls outperform boys in reading, but the gender gap shrinks when digital texts are used, according to a new analysis by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Finding common core-aligned textbooks is still a challenge for some California schools, even five years after the standards were adopted.


Three girls in Nebraska created an online game aimed at helping their classmates learn more about civics.


The Texas board of education shot down a plan to have a panel of university experts vet textbooks for factual errors before they are adopted.


A French publisher has designed a vending machine that dispenses short stories. Does it have utility in school settings?


Boys are more confident than girls in their ability to learn computer science, and more likely to believe they'll have a job one day in which they'll use the subject, according to new survey results from Google and Gallup.


Two new studies of teachers' experiences with the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments reveal a mix bag of criticism and praise.


A report from the New York state comptroller shows that 95 percent of New York City students took arts classes.


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