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June 25, 2014

Draft Criteria for Federal Reviews of State Assessments Expected This Summer

A U.S. Education Department official overseeing the process tells state assessment officials to expect the initial draft this summer, and the final in the winter, after more input and public comment.

June 20, 2014

Tennessee Quits PARCC, Leaving 15 Members

Tennessee points to a new law that rules out the use of PARCC exams in 2014-15.

June 20, 2014

Contract Dispute Could Delay Common-Core Testing, Pearson Says

The testing giant defends its won of a big PARCC contract, saying the protest by competitor American Institutes for Research has no merit.

June 20, 2014

Pearson, N.M. Officials Push Back in Common-Core Contract Battle

New Mexico state officials describe a protest over a major common-core testing contract by the American Institutes for Research as "frivolous," in a filing with the state purchasing director.

June 13, 2014

Can Any State Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Test Items?

A small group of states wants to use PARCC and Smarter Balanced test items to make their own assessments. One has reached out to federal officials for clarification that test items should be freely available to all states.

June 12, 2014

What Should New Accountability Systems Emphasize and Measure?

A high-powered panel discussion in Washington focused on school and student accountability, but revealed disparate attitudes about the importance of testing.

June 10, 2014

NCLB Not So Negative for Teachers, Study Says

A new study finds that NCLB has had a limited influence on teachers' perceptions of their jobs.

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.

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