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October 24, 2012

College Board Puts Spotlight on Needs of ELLs, New Kinds of Tests

Miami The annual meeting of the College Board got off to an unusual start: with a high-profile session on English-learners' "right to rigor," moderated by none other than the organization's brand-new president, David Coleman. The session, a panel discussion by three nationally known ELL experts,...

October 04, 2012

Common Standards Get Spotlight in Presidential Debate

The two presidential candidates devote a slice of their first debate to education.

September 28, 2012

Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'?

A common-standards advocate argues that many aspects of American education will have to change if schooling is to fully reflect the new expectations.

September 13, 2012

Common-Core Test Group Eyes State Feedback

PARCC's K-12 and higher education leaders continued their work to and agree on performance-level descriptors for the impending Common Core State Standards assessments.

August 02, 2012

How Valuable Are College-Placement Tests?

A new study examines what college systems are doing to gauge students' readiness for credit-bearing work, as they recognize the limitations of traditional placement tests.

July 25, 2012

Common Assessments: More Than Two Games In Town

Two new systems of college-and-career-readiness tests have recently announced rollouts, adding new players to a landscape dominated by the two groups of states that are designing such tests with $360 million in federal money.

July 12, 2012

Assessment Group Seeks Feedback on College-Readiness Definition

One of the state groups designing tests for the common standards seeks feedback on its definition of college readiness, which is central to the assessment's development.

July 05, 2012

Coalition Seeks Federal Support for 'Comprehensive' Education

Amid concern that funding to promote academic disciplines beyond reading, mathematics, and science is getting squeezed out of the federal budget, more than two dozen education organizations are banding together in a new coalition to more effectively make their case to policymakers. Members of the n...

June 25, 2012

Grappling With the Definition of Career Readiness

Defining career readiness hasn't been discussed as much by the common standards assessment consortia as has college readiness.

June 22, 2012

Big Districts Unite to Press Publishers on Common-Core Materials

School districts with a combined annual purchasing power of $2 billion band together to demand instructional materials from publishers that reflect the common standards.

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