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June 01, 2018

Texas Teenager Wins National Spelling Bee

Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, nabbed the Scripps National Spelling Bee champion title on Thursday night in Oxon Hill, Md.

May 31, 2018

PARCC Sets the Tougher Bar Among Shared Tests, Study Shows

The PARCC test is harder than some of its competitors, but nearly all states have raised the bar on tests in recent years.

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.

February 14, 2018

Eight Years Late, Detroit Discovers Its Curriculum Is Misaligned

An audit reveals the district is years behind in matching textbooks to its state reading and math standards.

January 09, 2018

What Are the Top Grammar and Writing Errors of 2017?

Mixing up lay and lie was the top usage error of 2017, according to a recent report by NoRedInk, a website that aims to help students bone up on grammar and writing skills.

January 08, 2018

What's 'Hot' In Literacy Policy Isn't Always What Experts Think Merits Attention

Digital literacy and testing may be hot topics, but respondents to a new survey want more of a focus on teacher preparation and materials.

December 05, 2017

Do Students Have a 'Right to Read' in California? So Argues This Lawsuit

California's constitution contains a "right to literacy," and the state has failed to provide some students the opportunity to achieve it, argues the lawsuit filed today by students, parents, and advocacy groups. The new challenge echoes a lawsuit filed in Michigan in 2016.

August 15, 2017

Should Literacy Instruction Be a Constitutional Right?

Does the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantee access to literacy instruction? A lawsuit makes that provocative argument.

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 18, 2017

Fla. Supreme Court Won't Hear 'Opt Out' Case

The case sought to loosen Florida's mandate that 3rd graders pass a standardized reading exam to be promoted.

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