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April 21, 2014

Brand Names in Common-Core Tests Anger New York Parents

Nike, Barbie, and iPod all make appearances on the English/language arts tests that children are taking this spring.

April 17, 2014

More Research Needed on Proper Use of Common-Core Tests, Report Says

States and districts plan to use new common-core tests for teacher evaluation, but such a use "requires new validity and reliability evidence," according to a new report.

April 16, 2014

How to Teach Amid Common-Core Uncertainty

As more states grow uncertain or conflicted about sticking with the Common Core State Standards, educators and others on the front lines find themselves in a bind.

April 09, 2014

Math Teacher Talk: 'How Do You Like Common Core?'

An overheard conversation on the way to an annual conference for math teachers highlights some timely and very thorny issues around the Common Core State Standards.

April 03, 2014

Field-Testing of Common-Core Exams Gets Off to Shaky Start at Md. High School

At Thomas S. Wootton High School in Maryland, educators seem to agree that field-testing for the common-core exams has been problematic.

April 01, 2014

PARCC Membership Drops to 17

With the recent defection of Florida, membership in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has fallen to 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, as reflected in an updated EdWeek map.

March 17, 2014

Florida Skips Over PARCC, Selecting Common-Core Test From AIR

State Commissioner Pam Stewart says Florida will go with assessments from the American Institutes of Research rather than the PARCC testing consortium.

March 14, 2014

Smarter Balanced Group Delays Field-Testing by One Week

The additional time will allow for some final "quality checking" of the trial assessments' features beginning later this month.

March 07, 2014

Texas Spoke Too Soon: U.S. Ed. Still Working With State on Waiver

Contrary to what Texas announced yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education has not denied its request for a waiver to help it avoid testing Algebra 1 students twice.

March 07, 2014

California Wins Prized Double-Testing Waiver from U.S. Ed. Dept., Sources Say

The Golden State had been in a standoff with the federal education department over its plan to dump most of its current tests in order to give all students the Smarter Balanced field test.

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