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April 30, 2013

Computer Crashes Cause Testing Anxiety in Oklahoma, Minnesota

Recent testing problems in Oklahoma and Minnesota due to computer glitches have raised concerns about online testing.

April 30, 2013

Teachers' Union President: Halt All High Stakes Linked to Common Core

Randi Weingarten argues that no high-stakes decisions based on the common core should be made about students, teachers, or schools until adequate support has been provided.

April 29, 2013

Teachers Need So-Called Tenure More Than Ever

Teachers need fair employment and dismissal procedures or so-called tenure because so much concentration on high stakes testing has distorted the practice of teaching. Politicians need to assure good teachers that they will not be subjected to personal, political, arbitrary, and capricious decisions not to mention nepotism.

April 25, 2013

Will Florida Back Out of Common Tests?

The commissioner of education says the state should consider other alternatives to PARCC, including ACT's new ASPIRE system.

April 24, 2013

New Rules for Testing Students With Disabilities Spark Concerns in Texas

Students tested only on the simplest tasks under Texas' new testing regime will not be counted as proficient under state and federal proficiency standards.

April 24, 2013

Poking Fun at the Common-Core Opposition

A California blogger invents a whimsical memo to counter common-core opponents' claims.

April 23, 2013

Alaska's Standards Underwent Scrutiny For Consortium Membership

Its state standards were found to be similar enough to the Common Core State Standards that using a common-core-aligned assessment was deemed appropriate.

April 22, 2013

Alaska Joins Assessment Consortium

Even though Alaska never adopted the common standards, it has joined a consortium working to design tests for those standards.

April 22, 2013

The New York Times Defends Common Core

The influential newspaper says the Common Core State Standards initiative is "clearly the most important education reform in the country's history."

April 18, 2013

Testing Group Proposes Accommodations For Students With Disabilities

The PARCC accommodations manual, now open for public comment, offers guidance and restrictions on who should be allowed to use accommodations on the new tests coming in 2014-15.

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