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November 07, 2012

Election 2012: What Message for Common Standards?

The defeat of Indiana's education chief, a high-profile backer of common standards, creates doubts about the initiative's support there.

November 05, 2012

What Do Kentucky Test Results Foreshadow for the Common Core?

Significant drops at the elementary and middle school levels portend public-relations challenges ahead for other states.

October 11, 2012

Consortium Releases Sample Test Items

To help guide educators implementing the common standards, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium releases sample questions and performance tasks.

October 04, 2012

Revised AP Physics, U.S. History Coming Soon

The College Board has redesigned AP programs for U.S. history and physics, reducing the amount of content coverage to allow more time for studying key concepts.

October 01, 2012

States Lack Sufficient Test Security, Newspaper Finds

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds that most oversights in most states put them at risk for large-scale cheating on state tests.

September 28, 2012

Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'?

A common-standards advocate argues that many aspects of American education will have to change if schooling is to fully reflect the new expectations.

September 19, 2012

Will the Common Assessments Be Used as a Graduation Requirement?

States' plans to use the common assessments as exit exams spark a warning from a Washington research-and-policy group.

September 14, 2012

Smarter Balanced, PARCC Team Up To Fund Future Operations

Two big assessment consortia partner with the organizations that led the common-standards initiative to seek funding.

September 14, 2012

NAEP Writing Exam Reveals Low Proficiency Rates

Based on new data from the "nation's report card," a lot of U.S. students are not "proficient" in writing, and the issue is especially alarming for black and Hispanic students.

September 13, 2012

Common-Core Test Group Eyes State Feedback

PARCC's K-12 and higher education leaders continued their work to and agree on performance-level descriptors for the impending Common Core State Standards assessments.

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