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January 17, 2013

Public Comment Opens on Draft Common-Core Test-Accommodations Policy

One of the two state assessment consortia, PARCC, solicits feedback on two key facets of its proposed accommodations policy.

January 16, 2013

Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds

New tests are likely to plumb deeper levels of understanding, but must surmount technical, financial, and political hurdles, UCLA researchers conclude.

January 10, 2013

'Dramatic' Increase in Reading Needed for Common Core, Guides Say

A new set of guidelines suggests that teachers need not cut back on literature to meet the "informational text" demands of the common core.

January 07, 2013

New Draft of Science Standards to Be Issued

The public is getting one more chance to weigh in on a set of common science standards.

December 28, 2012

Literature and Nonfiction: Common-Core Advocates Strike Back

Standards advocates step up to counter weeks of accusations that the common core will weaken the role of literature in the classroom.

December 27, 2012

Top Curriculum Matters Posts of 2012

The common standards and assessments, along with a keen interest in math, drove lots of interest in blog posts on Curriculum Matters this year.

December 21, 2012

Draft Accommodations for Common-Core Tests Could Narrow Eligibility

Proposed accommodations could make fewer students eligible in some states, and more in others.

December 17, 2012

NEA, AFT Partner To Build Common-Core Tools

With $11 million from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the two national teachers' unions will call on educators to help build a library of instructional tools.

December 13, 2012

Assessment Group Chooses Tests for College Readiness in Math

PARCC decides to base its "college readiness" determination in math only on the exams students take at the end of each math sequence.

December 12, 2012

Common-Core Authors Say 'Literature Is Not Being Left By the Wayside'

The standards' authors respond to criticism that the new emphasis on nonfiction will crowd out great works of fiction.

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