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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.

April 18, 2014

Kansas Gets Waiver to Use Common-Core Alternate Assessments

Even though the state has withdrawn from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, it still plans to use the common-core-aligned field tests under development for students with severe cognitive disabilities.

April 18, 2014

S.C. State Board Boss Lambasts Mick Zais, But Has Dim Hopes for Smarter Balanced

The chairman of the South Carolina state board, Barry Bolen, blasted Superintendent Mick Zais, saying that the board retained the authority to pick the state's assessment.

April 17, 2014

More Research Needed on Proper Use of Common-Core Tests, Report Says

States and districts plan to use new common-core tests for teacher evaluation, but such a use "requires new validity and reliability evidence," according to a new report.

April 16, 2014

How to Teach Amid Common-Core Uncertainty

As more states grow uncertain or conflicted about sticking with the Common Core State Standards, educators and others on the front lines find themselves in a bind.

April 10, 2014

Tenn. Teachers' Union Credits Motivational Video, Not Policy Efforts, for NAEP Gains

The Tennessee Education Association is pushing the idea that the states' NAEP gains could be explained in part by a motivational video shown before the test.

April 09, 2014

Math Teacher Talk: 'How Do You Like Common Core?'

An overheard conversation on the way to an annual conference for math teachers highlights some timely and very thorny issues around the Common Core State Standards.

April 09, 2014

Stephen Colbert Takes on Common-Core Tests

The comedian mocked the possibly confusing terminology used on assessments aligned to the common standards.

April 04, 2014

National Opt-Out Advocacy Group Claims Website Was Hacked, 'Trashed'

Administrators of a national website that is the go-to source for information and advice about boycotting state assessments say the site has been hacked.

April 04, 2014

South Carolina Withdrawing From Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium

The move by South Carolina to leave the testing consortium comes at a time when common core is facing political opposition in the state.

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