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September 19, 2013

State School Takeover News from Massachusetts and Virginia

Four schools in Massachusetts are facing state takeover based on 2013 test scores, while momentum builds behind a lawsuit over takeovers in Virginia.

September 16, 2013

Linn and Everson on Testing, Standards and Accountability

Marc Tucker interviews Bob Linn, an expert on American testing, and Howard Everson, the Vice-President for Research at the College Board, on the country's current direction in standards and assessments.

September 16, 2013

California Is Right; Duncan Is Wrong

Secretary Duncan's threats to withhold funds from California if they do not continue to give tests that are not aligned with common core makes no sense. California has a better plan.

September 13, 2013

Reign of Terror: Diane Ravitch's Personal Crusade

The first time I learned about Diane Ravitch is a lot like the first time I learned about Ronald Reagan. Let me explain.

September 09, 2013

Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan Warns California Not to Suspend Tests

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tells the Golden State that he couldn't "in good conscience" approve its proposed suspension of accountability testing.

September 06, 2013

David Driscoll: Implementing the Common Core and the Consortia's Tests

Marc Tucker interviews David Driscoll,former commissioner of education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on the nation's current struggles with standards, exams and accountability.

August 27, 2013

How Should We Evaluate Our Preschools?

IN DC, the city's public charter school board has proposed a plan that would base 80% of a Kindergarten's overall quality on its students' reading and math scores. Sam Chaltain thinks that's a bad idea -- and he has a solution to offer.

August 26, 2013

Federal Indictment Fuels Concerns About Pa. Cyber Charters

Corruption charges against the founder of PA Cyber Charter could reinvigorate calls for reform in how the state's cyber charter schools are funded and authorized.

August 23, 2013

Computer Disruptions Didn't Affect Minn. Test Scores, Review Finds

A third-party review found that problems with online state tests administered in Minnesota did not systematically impact scores.

August 20, 2013

Common Core Support, and Opposition, Increase in K-12 Policy Poll

A poll published by Education Next shows both support and opposition to the common core growing in 2013, with the latter nearly doubling.

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