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January 28, 2015

Democrats in Washington State Become First to Officially Oppose Common Core

It's unclear what the state party's resolution will mean for the common core in the Evergreen State, which happens to be the home of prominent common-core supporter Bill Gates.

January 23, 2015

Common Core Flip-Flop Times Two: One Tenn. Senator's Changing Positions

Do the changing positions of one key K-12 policymaker in Tennessee highlight the complicated political environment for the Common Core State Standards in the Volunteer State?

January 16, 2015

Miss. State Board Votes to Leave PARCC, Seek New Test for Next School Year

The Mississippi state board plans to seek a new test for 2015-16, but still plans to administer the PARCC exam this school year.

January 13, 2015

We Want to Give You a Choice of State Tests, Wis. Legislators Tell Districts

A Wisconsin bill backed by powerful state legislators would give schools a choice of certain state assessments. What are the complexities and consequences of that proposal?

January 08, 2015

Surveying the Common-Core Chatter: How Will the Standards Fare in 2015?

Will the Common Core State Standards survive despite opposition rhetoric, or was 2014 just the start of growing backlash to the standards?

January 06, 2015

Governors Laud 'Higher Standards,' Plead for NCLB Renewal in NGA Speeches

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the chairman of the National Governors Association, said more rigorous expectations for students were important, but not the only consideration for stronger schools.

December 23, 2014

Florida to Review K-12 Testing Amid Growing Political Anxiety

Pam Stewart's announcement came two weeks after a powerful Florida lawmaker expressed a desire to review testing's role in public schools.

December 22, 2014

Common-Core News Developments Dominate Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

This year was characterized by intense discusssions in many states about the progress and worthiness of the Common Core State Standards and their online assessments.

December 18, 2014

States Using Common Core Face Challenge Communicating With Public, GAO Reports

What's more, states have the same concerns about college-and-career-aligned assessments, whether they are participating in one of two federally-funded consortia or not.

December 17, 2014

In New Funding System, 'At-Risk' Students Deserve More, Says Michigan State Board

It's not clear how much traction any or all of these ideas will get with GOP Gov. Rick Snyder or with the Michigan legislature, which is controlled by Republicans.

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