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October 30, 2014

California's Education Progress Depends on Torlakson

If voters place more stock in the results produced by incumbent Tom Torlakson than they do in the advertising of challenger Marshall Tuck, California has a chance to continue improving education.

October 28, 2014

Template for 'New Accountability' Demands 'Shared Responsibility' for K-12

In addition to calling for an end to "test and punish" policies, the plan wants government held accountable for providing adequate resources to public schools.

October 28, 2014

Coalition of Unions, Ed. Groups Call For New Accountability System

A coalition of groups calls for a rethinking of school accountability, releasing a document long on vision but short on details.

October 28, 2014

Civil Rights Groups Want Resources for Students to Factor in Accountability

Federal and state accountability must do more than just hold schools' feet to the fire on student outcomes, civil rights groups say in a letter to President Barack Obama.

October 27, 2014

Interview With Phil Daro and Jason Zimba on the Common Core

An interview with Phil Daro and Jason Zimba, leaders in developing the Common Core mathematics standards, on implementation progress, the testing consortia, accountability systems and instructional materials.

October 27, 2014

Laboratories of Innovation

Drawing parallels to the state "laboratories of innovation" for welfare reform that ultimately led to new approaches in federal policy, CCSSO's Steve Bowen argues for flexibility in a new era of state-federal partnership through ESEA reauthorization.

October 25, 2014

Urban Educators Debate Testing in National Town Hall

The Council of the Great City Schools convened a town hall on the current testing regime in public schools, with panelists discussing its impact and what's needed to better assess student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.

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

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 20, 2014

Testing Mania and Uncle Sam's Clumsy Reach

Arne Duncan's response to the CCSSO and CGCS's sensible joint statement on testing demonstrates a point I've made a few times: Uncle Sam can't handle nuance when it comes to schooling.

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