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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.

January 29, 2018

Here's One Way to Dispel Misconceptions About the Common Core

It's possible to use brief texts to correct education policy misconceptions, the study finds.

January 23, 2018

PARCC Common-Core Test Gets Federal Approval

The new decision by the U.S. Department of Education conveys unconditional approval of the PARCC test as a measurement of Maryland's standards. But that finding doesn't yet apply to its use in other states.

November 08, 2017

Illinois Lawmakers Poised to Mandate Cursive Lessons in Schools

After Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would require Illinois schools to instruct students in cursive writing, the House voted to override his decision. Now the bill's fate is in the Senate's hands.

September 15, 2017

New York Has Rewritten the Common Core. Here's What You Need to Know.

A look at what's new in New York's replacement standards, and what led the state to consider an overhaul in the first place.

August 24, 2017

Can an 'Open' Math Curriculum Compete With Commercial Publishers?

A middle school math curriculum created under an open license goes live—and its creators want it to give the big publishing houses a run for their money.

August 11, 2017

Alabama Will Keep Its Common Core Standards--For Now

Board members didn't act on a resolution to revoke Alabama's version of the Common Core State Standards.

July 17, 2017

N.H. Won't Overhaul the Common Core. Its Schools Chief Still Wants To.

The state's board voted not to open the Common Core to revision, but its commissioner still plans to review them informally, with an eye to future changes.

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