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July 17, 2013

Top Fla. Legislators Call for Withdrawal From Common-Test Group

Florida's senate president and speaker of the house urged the schools commissioner to withdraw the state from the PARCC consortium, amid concerns about testing time and technological readiness.

July 16, 2013

AEI Offers Parents Common Core Guidance

An article in the American Enterprise Institute's online magazine examines the origins of the common core, informs parents about the difference between curricula and standards, and shares the political influences at play with the initiative.

July 11, 2013

Refocusing the Rhetoric on Common Core

The rush to be "ready" for common assessments in 2015 has dominated conversation about the new tests. But in some places, they're starting to be seen as only a beginning.

July 08, 2013

Ed. Dept. Finds Areas to Improve in Review of Common-Core Test Accessibility

The department's technical review process also found areas that both consortia have handled well.

July 08, 2013

Ed. Dept. Panel Says Test Consortia Need Sharper Focus on Accessibility

A federal technical review panel's first look at the two common core assessment consortia's work shows praise for some things, and strong cautions on others.

July 08, 2013

Okla. State Supe: Cost, Time, Technology Drove Testing Decision

Details emerge about the state's decision to go it alone on student testing.

July 08, 2013

Unions Are Right on Common-Core Standards

Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers support Common Core State Standards, and both unions call for a moratorium on high stakes testing until initial implementation of these standards is successful.

July 03, 2013

Common Core State Standards: A Parent Primer

With the debate over the Common Core State Standards heating up nationally, Parents for Public Schools has issued a paper to inform parents about the education initiative.

July 02, 2013

Florida Law Enhances Special Education Rights

One change will require parents to agree to special diploma tracks or placement in alternative schools.

July 02, 2013

Oklahoma to Opt Out of PARCC Common-Core Tests

Oklahoma's state superintendent has announced that the state is withdrawing from a common-core testing consortium to go its own way.

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