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May 12, 2014

Weakening the State Education Agency: A Manual

A look at a recent report from the Fordham Institute which advocates weakening state education agencies. Marc Tucker explains that to the contrary, a better education system in the United States will come through stronger, better equipped state education agencies, not weaker ones.

May 08, 2014

Analysis of NCLB Could Be Crystal Ball for Common Core

Based on an analysis of the early years of NCLB, researchers suggest that, when standards increase, as they are expected to with common-core reforms, inequality between higher and lower-achieving students may also increase.

May 02, 2014

California Districts Request Extension for Special NCLB Waiver

Seven of the original eight districts participating in the waiver are seeking an extension and asking for more time to implement their teacher-evaluation systems.

April 30, 2014

Two States Making Moves to Delay Accountability in Common-Core Era

Florida and Louisiana are at different stages of reconsidering their school accountability systems as they transition to new standards and tests.

April 30, 2014

Are Fourth Graders Who Don't Test Like Seventh Graders Really Failures?

James Harvey of the National Superintendents Roundtable wraps up this month-long conversation between measurement experts and educators on the front line by answering some questions about unresolved issues. Read his final thoughts and "takeaways" from Assessing the Assessments.

April 28, 2014

The Federal Role in State Education Accountability Systems

How to balance the federal government's interest in making sure that federal education funds are well spent with the states' interest in retaining their constitutional right to enact their own education policies.

April 25, 2014

Do Standardized Tests Measure What We Value?

Are standardized test scores too narrow? Are they objective? Do they measure what we value?

April 23, 2014

Four State Education Chiefs Rally Behind Common-Core Implementation

Education leaders detail their work to implement the common core and their struggles to deal with various kinds of opposition to the new standards.

April 23, 2014

Despite Common-Core Politics, Chiefs Say Standards, Accountability Will Remain

Four state education chiefs say they remain committed to using the Common Core State Standards and holding schools and teachers accountable for their progress.

April 23, 2014

Disagreeing About the Use of Value-Added Measures

Continuing our discussion about standardized tests, we sort through the uses and abuses of the "value-added" model in teacher evaluation.

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