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July 12, 2010

Monday Reading Roundup

The Washington Post explores the Gates Foundation's impact on education; The Hechinger Report explores the dropout crisis, and the NGA's new chairman announces a focus on college completion.

July 02, 2010

Federal 'i3' Competition Attracts Lots of Ideas to Improve Ed.

A federal competition for innovation dollars attracts lots of ideas to improve education across a variety of areas in the curriculum, from math and science to literacy.

July 01, 2010

Common Assessments: Where the Real Impact Lies

A lot of discussion and debate have accompanied the design stage of the common standards, and more will follow as states move into the adoption and implementation stages. But as important as the standards are, many have long argued that the assessments designed to reflect those standards will be far...

June 24, 2010

Race to the Top Assessment: Only Three Consortia Apply

Three consortia of states are the only ones vying for federal money in the Race to the Top Assessment competition.

June 23, 2010

Race to Top Assessment Contest: The Judging Period Begins

The Race to the Top assessment applications are in the Department of Education's hands, and they detail new systems of assessment

June 23, 2010

Words of Caution on Race to Top Assessment

Even as states submit their applications to develop new tests under Race to the Top, leading policymakers advise the field to proceed with care.

June 21, 2010

A Sneak Peek at Race to Top Assessment Plans

The two main state consortia submitting applications for Race to the Top money provide a glimpse of the testing systems they plan to propose.

June 21, 2010

Struggling in Algebra? Take Up the Tuba (or Sax, or Flute...)

A new study suggests that middle school music instruction enhances students' academic achievement in algebra.

May 24, 2010

Common Standards: Focus Soon Shifts to State Adoption

Colorado, like other states, is hashing out how to mesh adoption of common standards with its own newly revised standards.

May 21, 2010

Can We Get Comparability Without One National Test?

In a new paper, the College Board, the ETS, and Pearson Learning explore ways to get test-score comparability across multiple assessments.

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