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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.

October 16, 2014

Kentucky and the Common Core: Interview With Terry Holliday and Felicia Smith

Terry Holliday and Felicia Smith on how Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core, implementation progress so far and their advice for other states and the federal government.

October 16, 2014

State and District Tests Frequent, But Take Little Instructional Time, Study Says

The Washington-based Center for American Progress released a report this morning looking at how much time students spend taking state- and district-required tests.

October 16, 2014

'51st State' Proposal Suggests Next-Generation School Accountability

Will a new accountability proposal from top education policy thinkers rise to the top of an increasingly crowded debate?

October 08, 2014

Feds Seek More User-Friendly K-12 Environment for States With New Office

The U.S. Department of Education's new Office of State Support will be housed within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

October 07, 2014

For English-Learners, an Effective Teacher in Any Language Is What Matters

What's more important for English-learners? A great overall teacher or a teacher with ELL certification?

October 03, 2014

Should Communities Determine Their Own Accountability Measures?

Should the community have input in what they are held accountable for in educational outcomes? Julian Vasquez Heilig and I weigh the possibilities.

October 02, 2014

Why Are We Using Standardized Tests?

What should be included in a measure of school quality? If not by standardized test scores, how should we measure student achievement? Julian Vasquez Heilig and I each have some thoughts.

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