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August 12, 2015

N.Y. Opt-Out Rate Hits 20 Percent on Common-Core Tests

It's the third year that New York state students have taken tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

August 06, 2015

Students Need Not Meet Common-Core Test's Cut Score to Graduate in Wash. St.

To be considered ready for credit-bearing college work, students should score at levels 3 or 4, but the state school board set a different minimum score to earn a diploma.

July 31, 2015

Jeb Bush Highlights Black, Hispanic Test Scores in National Urban League Speech

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spent a good chunk of time on his education record during a July 31 speech to the National Urban League. What did he focus on?

July 30, 2015

Ark. Common-Core Review Recommends a Smartphone App ... And Another Review

The latest state to complete a review of the standards is Arkansas. But its review has led to a somewhat unusual, if not unique, recommendation.

July 23, 2015

Twitter's Anti-Common-Core Picture Show: Sauron, Big Macs, and Zombies

Is a picture worth a thousand words about the Common Core State Standards—or even 140 characters?

July 22, 2015

As PARCC Sheds States, Is the Common-Core Test Toast or Tougher Than it Looks?

PARCC has plans to survive, but the fate of the common-core testing consortium remains very much up in the air as the 2015-16 school year approaches.

July 14, 2015

Former N.Y. K-12 Official Ken Wagner Picked to Be Rhode Island Chief

As a deputy commissioner in New York state, Wagner played a key role in overseeing how the state shifted to the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments.

July 13, 2015

With Long Record on Unions and Choice, Gov. Walker Declares Presidential Bid

Claiming that he had "beat the special interests" and "improved education" during his five years in office, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced today that he will officially seek the Republican nomination for president.

July 09, 2015

Smarter Balanced Opt-Out Rates Top 25 Percent for Washington State 11th Graders

Officially, 27.4 percent of eligible students were "confirmed refusals" for taking the Smarter Balanced English/language arts exam, and 28.1 percent of them were confirmed refusals for the math exam.

July 06, 2015

Are Test Scores Proving Fears About Common-Core High School Math Correct?

In three states that released preliminary common-core test scores in July, high school students failed to meet predictions for math proficiency. Did experts warn us this was coming?

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