State school chiefs and urban district leaders committed to eliminating redundant tests, but they also made clear that they will not back away from annual standardized testing.
Anti-testing sentiment moves into the Washington policy world, but "solving" the testing problem means different things to different people.
Shelbi Cole, who has served as the director of mathematics for Smarter Balanced since 2012, has been promoted to director of content for the organization.
Massachusetts faces no consequences from its decision to let districts choose which test to give next spring, but when Colorado explored the possibility of doing the same, the U.S. Department of Education gave it no opening.
The Bay State will give districts the choice of using PARCC or MCAS this spring, even though the U.S. Department of Education said that doing so would violate federal law.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's executive director steps down to become a technical advisor. The consortium's longtime chief operating officer becomes the new executive director.
The nonprofit is attempting to raise $5 million through the crowd-funding site Indiegogo to help introduce 100 million students to computer coding.
The decision puts teeth into an abstract promise: that the consortium's 11th grade "college ready" score actually connotes college readiness.
A survey of district superintendents finds that they increasingly see the standards as a potent way to improve students' skills. But many have not fully implemented the necessary curriculum and professional development.
Nearly 85 percent of Georgia teachers participating in a recent survey said they would rather use the traditional algebra-geometry-algebra 2 pathway for high school math than the integrated model the state currently requires.