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November 04, 2015

PARCC Releases Test Items for Instruction

The consortium makes public hundreds of questions from last spring's debut test, saying it hopes teachers will use them in instruction to help students understand what it looks like to master the common core.

October 28, 2015

Math NAEP Scores Drop for 4th and 8th Grades

U.S. 4th and 8th grade students are performing worse in math, and somewhat worse in reading, than they were two years ago, according to new data from a national test.

October 26, 2015

NAEP and Common-Core Math Show 'Reasonable' Overlap, Study Says

A new study looking at the relationship between the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the Common Core State Standards for mathematics finds that the national test falls short on assessing some of the common standards.

October 21, 2015

If Math and Reading NAEP Scores Fall, Who's to Blame?

The newest round of math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the "nation's report card," are due out early next week, and some are saying they're likely to have fallen.

October 08, 2015

Q&A: Ed. Dept.'s Ted Mitchell Talks ESEA, Turnover, and Education Philanthropy

The U.S. Department of Education's undersecretary covered a range of topics in a one-on-one interview at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's recent learning forum.

October 07, 2015

Gates Foundation Staying the Course on Teacher Effectiveness, High Standards

Bill Gates says his foundation remains committed to its current work in supporting the use of high academic standards and helping teachers improve through evaluation systems that provide useful feedback.

October 06, 2015

Former Smarter Balanced Chief Joins Board of 'Nation's Report Card'

Joe Willhoft is one of four new appointees to the panel that decides content and policy for NAEP.

September 25, 2015

Federal Peer-Review of Tests Begins Again

New, eagerly awaited guidance from the U.S. Department of Education says states will have to undergo review of their standards and tests within four to eight months.

September 23, 2015

New Standards, Rising Test Scores in Texas: What Does It Mean?

Texas defied common wisdom by ratcheting up math standards and producing the same or better performance on state tests.

September 16, 2015

Illinois' Early PARCC Results: Fewer Than 40 Percent Meet Expectations

Test results aren't yet final, because they don't include all groups of students, or the results of tests taken with paper and pencil.

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