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June 10, 2014

Gates Foundation: Wait Two Years Before Attaching Consequences to Common Core

A top official from the biggest common-core funder in the country says districts and schools should wait before basing teacher evaluations and student promotion decisions on tests based on the new standards.

June 06, 2014

Most U.S. Students Won't Be Taking PARCC or Smarter Balanced Tests

Fifty-eight percent of U.S. K-12 students live in states that are not currently planning to use common tests designed by the two consortia.

June 03, 2014

Reform for Other People's Children

Klonsky: What we know for sure is that all over the country, power-philanthropists are making "gifts" to resource-starved school systems.

June 03, 2014

Pearson, N.M. Officials Given Deadline in Common-Core Testing Protest

New Mexico officials have set a June 18 deadline to receive arguments in a protest filed by the American Institutes for Research over a major contract for common-core testing.

May 30, 2014

N.Y. Union: Students Shouldn't Be "Unpaid Researchers" For New Tests

The N.Y. state teachers' union is now calling for an end to participation in field tests being administered by the Pearson testing company.

May 30, 2014

Arizona Withdraws From PARCC to Avoid Bias in Procuring New Tests

The state will issue a request for proposals for new tests, and wants to create a level playing field in considering all bidders.

May 30, 2014

New Orleans Is An All-Charter City. Is That a Good Thing?

In his final column for Education Week, Sam Chaltain considers the news that New Orleans is now host to the first all-charter school district in the country, and wonders if that's a milestone we should be celebrating, mourning -- or both.

May 30, 2014

New York Union Encourages Districts to Boycott Field Tests

The state teachers' union says that districts should boycott Pearson-developed common-core tests, adding fuel to a bourgeoning anti-test sentiment in the Empire State.

May 28, 2014

Winning School Board Candidates in New York Area Backed by Opt-Out Group

More than a third of the Long Island, N.Y.-area school board members elected this month with support from an opt-out group have education-related backgrounds.

May 28, 2014

Award of PARCC Contract to Pearson Can Be Reviewed, Judge Rules

The ruling by a New Mexico judge halts work on the testing contract until the state purchasing department considers a challenge filed by the American Institutes for Research.

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