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February 13, 2019

Is Homework Valuable or Not? Try Looking at Quality Instead

Although homework does tend to align to standards, a lot of it is busywork, rather than work requiring students to synthesize, analyze, or use higher-order thinking skills.

February 01, 2019

Common Core Scrapped Under Florida Gov.'s Executive Order

The end of the standards raises a whole host of questions about what will replace them.

September 18, 2018

Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Vows to Stop Common Core

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis is renewing a political trend that had fallen dormant: calling for the end of the use of the shared standards.

September 17, 2018

Young Adults Lead the Way as Poetry Readership Increases Across the Nation

Despite a move towards using more nonfiction texts in the classroom, young adults' poetry readership in 2017 was the highest on record over a 15-year period.

August 22, 2018

Do States Weaken Their Standards By 'Un-Adopting' the Common Core? These Reviewers Think So.

The English/language arts and math standards in most states that "un-adopted" or tweaked the Common Core State Standards are, in the end, "substantially weaker," according to the latest review of state standards from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

August 14, 2018

Choose an Aligned Math Curriculum, Get Better Common-Core Teaching?

An aligned textbook appears to help teachers engage students in certain math practices, a report concludes.

July 19, 2018

The State of Common-Core Reading and Writing in 5 Charts

Teachers are assigning more nonfiction and teaching vocabulary in context—but they report using fewer grade-level readings in their classes, an expansive new report concludes.

April 06, 2018

Louisiana's New Approach to Reading Tests

The proposal draws on arguments that reading tests that focus on applying skills to generic passages disadvantage students who don't have the background knowledge to fully grasp them.

March 28, 2018

What's Wrong With the Common-Core Tests? Maybe Nothing, Analysis Says

The Smarter Balanced group rejects the argument that its test was technically flawed in 2016-17, and produces new data to back its case.

February 22, 2018

Illinois Will Step Back from PARCC Test. Is New Jersey Next?

Only a handful of states will still be offering the test in its entirety after this spring's testing season.

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