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September 09, 2013

Common Core: What Lies Between Standards and Tests?

New paper explores the work of a state, a district and a technical-service provider in putting the common standards into practice.

September 09, 2013

Prime Time Public School Teachers

The new documentary "Teach" premiered during prime time on CBS. It follows four ordinary teachers who do extraordinary work teaching in the public schools.

September 05, 2013

California Proposes Major Assessment Changes

The Golden State considers tossing out the bulk of its state testing system so it can field-test the common-core exams on a larger scale.

September 04, 2013

Where's the Fairness in New Tests?

The only way to draw valid inferences about test results is to allow sufficient time for teachers to adjust their instruction.

August 28, 2013

States Eye Changes as They Move Toward Common Assessments

A new study finds that some states are considering assessments other than those being designed by the two state testing consortia.

August 27, 2013

Calculators and the Common Core: Change Afoot With New Exams

The common-core exams will include rules for calculator use that will be a change for many states and are likely to influence regular classroom use.

August 27, 2013

How Should We Evaluate Our Preschools?

IN DC, the city's public charter school board has proposed a plan that would base 80% of a Kindergarten's overall quality on its students' reading and math scores. Sam Chaltain thinks that's a bad idea -- and he has a solution to offer.

August 27, 2013

Parents Favor 'Niche' Schools, Fordham Institute Market Study Finds

A study released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that parents have educational preferences that fall into what it terms "niche" markets ranging from vocational education to multiculturalism.

August 23, 2013

U.S. Dept. of Ed. Proposes Ending Testing Under Modified Standards

This would be the last year that the so-called "two percent tests" could be used for accountability, according to a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Education.

August 23, 2013

Ed. Dept. Proposes to End Testing Under Modified Standards

Most states have already pledged to do away with the tests, which were aimed at students who could not meet grade-level standards despite good instruction.

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