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July 22, 2013

PARCC Test Cost: Higher for Nearly Half the States

New pricing estimates show that half the states in the PARCC group and one-third in Smarter Balanced will face paying more for those tests than what they currently pay.

July 22, 2013

Texas Seeks Waiver From Feds on Test Exemptions

Texas is waiting on a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to exempt certain students from reading and math tests.

July 22, 2013

PARCC to Release Test-Cost Details Today

One of the state consortia will announce how much its tests will cost, a topic of intense interest in the states.

July 22, 2013

Get the Feds Out of Teacher Evaluations

The amendment to the Student Success Act, the U.S. House re-authorization bill for ESEA, prohibits the federal government from mandating teacher evaluations. This should be applauded because the federal government has no business telling local employers how to evaluate their employees.

July 18, 2013

Esquith on Why Great Teachers Are Leaving

Award-winning teacher Rafe Esquith says that expert teachers are leaving schools at an alarming rate because of top-down mandates.

July 17, 2013

North Dakota Drops Out of PARCC, Commits to Smarter Balanced

The state decided that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium offers it a chance to share assessment goals with neighboring states.

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.

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