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March 16, 2012

Most Teachers Know About Common Core, Survey Finds

Although most teachers know about the common standards, many do not feel fully prepared yet to teach them, a new survey finds.

March 14, 2012

Changes Eyed to Ramp Up NAEP's Influence on Policy, Practice

The governing board for NAEP is exploring changes to expand and make far greater use of the background information collected when NAEP is administered.

March 07, 2012

What Constitutes A Strong Common-Core Implementation Plan?

Two organizations create a framework for states to use in thinking through their common-standards implementation plans.

March 06, 2012

Utah Has 'Complete Control' Over Standards, State Supe Tells Duncan

Reverberations continue from common-standards opposition in South Carolina and Utah.

March 02, 2012

Debate on Testing Mandate for Science Is Deferred

A measure to retain a federal mandate for science testing did not get its day in committee this week.

February 27, 2012

To Test—or Not to Test—in Science? Lawmakers to Debate Measure

A House Republican is seeking to retain NCLB's requirement for science testing.

February 10, 2012

NCLB Waivers: Implications for Testing, Standards Implementation

The ten states who have won NCLB waivers outline plans to implement college- and career-ready standards.

February 09, 2012

Think Tank Raises Alarm of Federal Overreach Into Curriculum

In a new white paper, the Pioneer Institute suggests that the U.S. Department of Education may be violating prohibitions against a federally dictated curriculum.

February 08, 2012

Study: Parents, Teachers Favor Formative Over Summative Tests

A survey of parents, teachers and district administrators shows that they find more value in formative tests than summative ones, but also shows a lot of confusion about various types of tests.

February 02, 2012

Common Standards, Not Tests, for Charter Schools Network

A charter schools network with schools in both New York and Connecticut exemplifies the challenge of having common standards without fully common assessments.

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