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October 23, 2014

Testing Consortium Awards Contract for English-Learner Assessment

The WIDA consortium has chosen a Minnesota company to score its new, common-core aligned English-language proficiency assessment that will debut in 2015-16.

October 23, 2014

Common Core and Corporate Interests

Jack and guest Julian Vasquez Heilig discuss whether testing companies like Pearson are behind the Common Core State Standards.

October 23, 2014

Civic Literacy and the Power of 'Close Reading'

Casey: Could it be that if we focused on the actual standards, the extravagant claims that are made against the common core would be impossible to sustain?

October 22, 2014

Chicago District Wants One-Year Delay of PARCC Test

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, will ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.

October 22, 2014

Chicago Schools Chief Asks to Delay PARCC Assessment

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, announced that she plans to ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.

October 21, 2014

New York State Approves Career-Focused Graduation Pathways

Students in New York state will soon have the option to replace one of the history exams now required for graduation with a career-focused art or science exam.

October 21, 2014

Do Curricular Standards Get a Bad Rap?

Is there any point in having curricular benchmarks at the district, state, or national level? Jack Schneider and Julian Vasquez Heilig discuss.

October 21, 2014

We Need Standards Without Standardizing

Meier: Teaching "to" a prefabricated curriculum ... and thus also to the test that comes along with it cannot lead to the kind of feistiness that a good school should be an exemplar of.

October 20, 2014

Florida's First Formal Move Against the U.S. Dept. of Ed on ELL Testing

Scott sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, requesting a hearing on the issue before the Office of the Administrative Law Judges.

October 20, 2014

Florida Takes First Formal Step Against U.S. Dept. of Ed. on ELL Testing

Scott sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, requesting a hearing on the issue before the Office of the Administrative Law Judges.

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