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November 25, 2013

Common Core Needs a Czar

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been a mess and has put these standards at risk of survival. CCSSO and NGA need to select a Common Core Czar to oversee the implementation and grant this person the authority to make needed changes as well as recommend changes in laws and regulations.

November 22, 2013

National Assessment Governing Board Hosts Education Summit for Parents

The National Assessment Governing Board is inviting parent leaders to attend an education summit Jan. 13 to discuss strategies to improve student achievement.

November 21, 2013

California Expands Field-Testing Plans as Part of Waiver Request

The state now plans to involve all of its students in field testing in both math and English/language arts, revising a plan that got it in hot water with federal officials.

November 20, 2013

Is Mass. Leading the Way to a More Cautious Route on Common Tests?

States are increasingly taking a careful approach to using PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests for high-stakes decisions.

November 19, 2013

Massachusetts Won't Require All Schools To Give PARCC Test in 2015

The Bay State wants to take PARCC for a "test drive" for two years before deciding whether to replace its widely admired statewide test with the new assessment.

November 18, 2013

College Board Snags Chief of Federal Education Research Center

Jack Buckley, the commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, is to join the New York City testing company.

November 15, 2013

New York State PTA Calls For Yearlong Delay On Common-Core Testing

The New York State PTA is mounting an advocacy campaign to call for a one-year moratorium on tests tied to the Common Core State Standards.

November 15, 2013

Obamacare Troubles Used To Ring Ominous Bells for Common-Core Tests

Increasingly, comparisons are being made between the rocky rollout of President Obama's signature healthcare initiative, and the 2015 debut of the common-core assessments.

November 11, 2013

ELLs and Nation's Report Card: No Change in Reading and Math Performance

English-language learner performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress has stayed fairly stagnant in recent years.

November 07, 2013

Secretary Duncan Links Federal Race to Top Investments to NAEP Gains

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan trumpets NAEP gains as payoff of federal priorities, even though many states that embraced those priorities didn't soar on the national assessment.

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