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January 14, 2014

All 50 States Now Using Testing or Student Performance for School Accountability

In 2002, only eight states used graduation rates in school accountability systems, the Education Commission of the States found; that had jumped to 44, plus the District of Columbia, in 2013.

January 14, 2014

The Hidden Curriculum

Meier: What is obvious to me about the schools that work well is that the students and their families have overcome the "us" vs. "them" pattern.

January 13, 2014

Parents Should Demand Partnerships With Schools to Boost Achievement

Parent leaders attending national education summit hosted by the National Assessment Governing Board urged to demand better schools for their children.

January 13, 2014

Duncan at 'Parent Summit:' Press For Better Schools

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urges attendees at a "parent summit" to raise their voices to bring about policy and cultural changes that will improve schools.

January 10, 2014

Indiana's Common-Core 'Pause' Might Grow Longer, and Other Testing News

In addition to a legislator's call for more time to review the Common Core State Standards in Indiana, a Maryland lawmaker would conditionally prohibit its statewide assessment from being administered this spring.

January 10, 2014

California Districts Build Performance Assessments for Common Core

Eight districts that have won federal permission to create their own way of holding themselves accountable for results have created a set of open-source performance tasks to guide common-core instruction.

January 09, 2014

What 'System' Works for Both of Us?

Pondiscio: "Innovation," even in small entrepreneurial schools, tends to be an idea more honored in the breach than the observance. Here I think the reform impulse bears a disproportionate amount of blame.

January 08, 2014

Florida Will Not 'Punt' on Common-Core Tests, Commish Stewart Tells Lawmakers

Florida K-12 chief Pam Stewart also told state lawmakers that any changes to the common core in the state won't impact the test that's ultimately selected.

January 08, 2014

N.Y. Assembly Speaker: 'Case Has Been Made' for Common Core Delay

Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, argued that the Common Core State Standards were imposed improperly on teachers and other education officials without the proper support.

January 07, 2014

Is PARCC Out of the Running for Common-Core Testing in Florida?

Five companies are competing for the assessment contract in Florida, and PARCC isn't one of them.

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