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April 30, 2014

The Common Core Standards' Role in Standardized Testing

Increasingly, testing opponents are casting the Common Core State Standards as the cause of the standardized testing burden in public schools. But that claim is inaccurate.

April 28, 2014

Common-Core Testing Group Officially Loses Another State

Smarter Balanced has made S.C. Superintendent Mick Zais' controversial decision official, and no longer lists the state as a consortium member.

April 28, 2014

Smarter Balanced Membership Dips to 22

South Carolina withdraws from the common-core assessment consortium even though its state board of education favors staying in the group.

April 28, 2014

AFT Goes to England to Protest 'Gag Order' on Test Questions

AFT representatives presented testing giant Pearson with a letter protesting a "gag order" they say prevents New York teachers from calling attention to sub-standard testing questions.

April 24, 2014

NAEP Uses Video-Game Design for New Technology and Engineering Test

At the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference this week, representatives for NAEP detailed the group's most recent assessment, which aims to measure how well students apply technology and engineering skills to real-life situations.

April 23, 2014

Four State Education Chiefs Rally Behind Common-Core Implementation

Education leaders detail their work to implement the common core and their struggles to deal with various kinds of opposition to the new standards.

April 23, 2014

Is School Choice Strengthening Our Communities, Or Tearing Them Apart?

At a recent groundbreaking for a new school in Washington, D.C., writer Sam Chaltain wonders what the arrival of a new charter school will mean for the neighborhood that surrounds it -- and what the loss of the building's previous school might have set in motion.

April 22, 2014

Oklahoma, Florida Students Experience Online Testing Disruptions

Oklahoma educators and students experienced a bit of déjà vu this week, after widespread online testing problems happened that were similar to technical failures last year. Florida students also reported disruptions in online assessments.

April 22, 2014

Is the Small Schools Movement Really Dead?

Klonsky: How did we let this dynamic movement of educators and community activists morph into a top-down, corporate-style web of privately operated charter schools?

April 21, 2014

Brand Names in Common-Core Tests Anger New York Parents

Nike, Barbie, and iPod all make appearances on the English/language arts tests that children are taking this spring.

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