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August 22, 2012

New Poll Shows Public Confidence in Teachers

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

Crashing the Servers: Common-Core Assessment Update

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...

August 20, 2012

Sample Common-Assessment Items Released, Traffic Crashes Server

One of the state groups designing tests for the common standards released a flurry of sample items that offer an idea of what the tests might look like.

August 20, 2012

NAEP Governing Board Gets New Members

The board will have four new members, including two scholars, a school board member, and the CEO of a Chicago foundation. Two current members, including Georgia's former GOP governor, will serve second terms.

August 14, 2012

A Glimpse of What to Expect From the Common Assessments

Sample items drafted by two state consortia offer an early idea of what kinds of items will be included in the common assessments.

August 09, 2012

Assessment Consortia: Colorado Makes Its Choice

Colorado decides to commit to the PARCC consortium for common assessments.

August 09, 2012

Report Confirms Cheating at One D.C. School

The District of Columbia's Office of the Inspector General investigated allegations of cheating at one school that was prompted by a USA Today investigation.

August 07, 2012

Ohio District Chief: Attendance Tampering Possibly Led To Bonuses

The superintendent of the Columbus public schools says in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch that some principals may have engaged in wrongdoing by aggressively "scrubbing" student attendance data.

August 07, 2012

Charter School to Share Analytical Tools Nationwide

Aspire Public Schools, a California charter school operator, says it will make Schoolzilla, its tool for analyzing student performance, available for free to schools around the country.

August 07, 2012

NAEP to Expand Use of Background Data

The National Assessment Governing Board decided to expand use of the background questions posed to students who take the NAEP, or "nation's report card."

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