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April 18, 2014

At Long Last, Illinois Approved for No Child Left Behind Waiver

At long last, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has granted his home state of Illinois a waiver from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.

April 18, 2014

Tennessee, Arne Duncan's Show Horse, Set to Delay PARCC Tests for One Year

A plan in Tennessee to delay the administration of PARCC tests by one year is heading to Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature.

April 10, 2014

John Thompson Reviews John Kuhn's 'Fear and Learning'

It was a Texan, Diane Ravitch, who rallied teachers when it seemed like public schooling was condemned to its Alamo. Now, it may be a Texan, John Kuhn, who points the way out of the educational civil war launched by data-driven reform.

April 09, 2014

Sacramento Withdraws From NCLB CORE Waiver

The California district and its teachers' union announced today they are withdrawing from a first-of-its-kind No Child Left Behind waiver the U.S. Department of Education granted less than a year ago.

March 13, 2014

Schools Helping Struggling Students Also Can Boost High-Flyers, Study Says

Top students aren't necessarily hurt academically by a school's focus on low-performers, finds a new study at the Association for Education Finance and Policy conference.

February 21, 2014

NCLB, California and Accountability in All Its Guises

Marc Tucker explains that there is no evidence that test-based accountability, for schools or for teachers, actually improves student achievement.

February 20, 2014

Analysis Finds NCLB Waivers Too Often Maintain Flawed Accountability Practices

A new analysis finds that NCLB flexibility waivers too often continue flawed accountability practices of the original law rather than considering non-test-based indicators, student growth, student demographics or results from subjects other than reading and math.

February 11, 2014

When Has Federal Money Been Used to Create State Standards?

A site intended to debunk myths about the common core raises questions about the exact nature of federal financial support for state standards.

February 07, 2014

What Now? Federal Education Policy Adrift

How the federal education agenda with an emphasis on on charters, federally imposing the Common Core initiative, teacher evaluation, and test based accountability is seeking solutions in all the wrong places and pushing policies that are not backed by evidence.

January 15, 2014

Will Indiana Drop Common-Core Standards for Good?

In his state of the state speech last night, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence offered perhaps his strongest indication yet that he wants the state to drop entirely out of the common core.

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