We all remember the scene in the movie Network where a character throws open the window, sticks his head out, and yells, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." Last week, about 30,000 educators in Chicago came to a similar breaking point. It was a fascinating week for watchers an...
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September 17, 2012
September 14, 2012
Two big assessment consortia partner with the organizations that led the common-standards initiative to seek funding.
September 14, 2012
Based on new data from the "nation's report card," a lot of U.S. students are not "proficient" in writing, and the issue is especially alarming for black and Hispanic students.
September 13, 2012
PARCC's K-12 and higher education leaders continued their work to and agree on performance-level descriptors for the impending Common Core State Standards assessments.
September 07, 2012
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has convened two expert panels to advise on how best to ensure that English-language learners and students with disabilities can fully and fairly demonstrate their knowledge on the new tests pegged to the common core standards.
September 05, 2012
A new study finds that even among motivated students taking part in a financial-literacy competition, their level of knowledge is weak.
August 28, 2012
A study argues that students who attend Texas charter schools tend to arrive with stronger academic skills than students entering comparable, regular public schools.
August 24, 2012
States are preparing for January 2014, when computers will become the only way to take the exam.
August 22, 2012
Today, the 44th annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released. While the poll shows considerable division reflective of the current polarization in our country, one area of consensus was trust and confidence in our teachers. The report published ab...
August 21, 2012
We knew there was a lot interest/trepidation out there about the planned common-core assessments, but this headline (from our Education Week colleague Catherine Gewertz) puts things in a whole new light: "Sample Common-Assessment Items Released, Traffic Crashes Server." So what will the tests be l...