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May 21, 2015

Focus Group Responds to Question About Jeb Bush: 'Common Core, What Is That?'

What did a focus group of Iowa Republicans say when asked about the common core and prospective candidate Jeb Bush's support for it?

May 20, 2015

Ohio House Passes Bill to Cut PARCC Test; Plus, Md. and Ill. Testing News

The number of states curtailing or considering a review of their involvement with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam has grown in recent weeks.

May 18, 2015

Rand Paul: National Tests OK, But Wants Silicon Valley Over Uncle Sam

"I'm not arguing against any kind of national communication or even national testing. I took national tests when I was a kid," Sen. Rand Paul said in a recent interview.

May 08, 2015

Wisconsin Moves to Seek Replacement for Smarter Balanced Common-Core Test

Gov. Scott Walker wants to defund the common-core aligned test, but he's not the only Wisconsin official who's gone after the test's rollout.

May 08, 2015

Anti-Common-Core Bills Diversify as Democrats' Skepticism Grows, Report Says

"To move from vague proclamations of support to full implementation requires highly specific decisions to be made about who to target, how much money to invest, and which stakeholders to engage," the researchers wrote in their Brookings Institution paper.

May 05, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Mull Test Reduction and Test-Writing Power for Districts

Such legislation could serve to satisfy testing skeptics or outright opponents from different political camps, without going so far as to defy federal law regarding testing.

May 05, 2015

More Perspectives on Testing Opt-Outs From New York and Beyond

Tidbits that didn't fit in this week's story: school districts championing opt-outs, praise for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and other issues regarding the testing opt-out movement.

May 04, 2015

Ga. Schools Chief: Testing Snafu With Unknown Impact Is 'Unacceptable'

Problems with common-core-aligned exams mirror those in Montana and Nevada, but the Associated Press reports that the glitches are not as severe as in other states.

April 24, 2015

Colorado K-12 Chief Announces Retirement Amid State Board Shift

State board elections in 2014 led to new members and new tension between Commissioner Robert Hammond and board members, including over the common core and aligned tests.

April 24, 2015

Mississippi Veto Shows States' Diverse Political Responses to Common Core

In vetoing a review, Gov. Phil Bryant said he could not let it "become law under the guise that it would lead to the demise of common core."

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