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January 15, 2014

Alaska Withdraws From Smarter Balanced Testing Group

Alaska chooses to have the University of Kansas design its assessments.

January 13, 2014

Duncan at 'Parent Summit:' Press For Better Schools

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urges attendees at a "parent summit" to raise their voices to bring about policy and cultural changes that will improve schools.

January 10, 2014

California Districts Build Performance Assessments for Common Core

Eight districts that have won federal permission to create their own way of holding themselves accountable for results have created a set of open-source performance tasks to guide common-core instruction.

January 07, 2014

Is PARCC Out of the Running for Common-Core Testing in Florida?

Five companies are competing for the assessment contract in Florida, and PARCC isn't one of them.

January 07, 2014

Teachers' Unions, Testing Consortia Team Up on Grants From Helmsley Trust

A grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust aims to involve teachers nationwide in the design of resources for tests being designed by PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

January 06, 2014

A Note on New York's Testing Waiver

The state's testing waiver came under a longstanding provision of federal law, not the new "double-testing" waiver program.

January 03, 2014

ACT to Drop 'Explore' and 'Plan' Tests

ACT Inc., will offer the two tests, typically given in 8th and 10th grade, as precursors to its ACT college admissions exam, for the last time in 2013-14 as it debuts its Aspire test for grades 3-11.

January 02, 2014

New York Wins 'Double Test' Waiver from U.S. Education Department

The state's waiver applies only to 7th and 8th grade students who are taking high school mathematics.

December 24, 2013

Advocacy Groups Raise Concerns With California's Assessment Plan

By guest blogger Alyson Klein Cross-posted from Politics K-12 So remember how California is planning to suspend most of its accountability testing for a year in order to help the state's schools get up to speed on new tests aligned with the Common Core standards? U.S. Secretary of Education of Arne ...

December 24, 2013

Common-Core Headlines You Probably Won't See in 2014

A review of the top curriculum posts of 2013, and a lighthearted look ahead to the headlines you probably won't see in 2014.

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