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August 07, 2014

After Uproar, New York Releases Standardized Test Questions

Following accusations that questions on the New York standardized tests given this spring were developmentally inappropriate and included product placement, state education officials made half the questions available online.

August 07, 2014

Reading List: Teacher Tenure, Extended Learning Time, and Early Ed.

August is a great time to take a deep dive into Head Start, extended learning time, and peer-reviewed assessments.

August 04, 2014

4th Graders Struggle With Icons, Directions on Computer-Based Tests

Fourth graders struggled with some of the most basic functions on a computer-based writing assessment, according to a recent federal study.

August 04, 2014

Union-Backed Democrat Will Face GOP Common-Core Foe in Ga. Chief's Race

With runoff results now final, Republican Richard Woods will face Democrat Valarie Wilson in November for the state superintendent's job in Georgia.

August 04, 2014

Louisiana's Sen. Vitter Backs Common Core as He Prepares Run for Governor

The stance by U.S. Sen. David Vitter puts him at odds with current Gov. Bobby Jindal, a fellow Republican battling to repeal the Common Core State Standards in Louisiana.

July 31, 2014

Pearson Reports Sales Decline, 4,000 Jobs Dropped in Restructuring Process

Pearson reported a sales decline of 6.5% in the first half of 2014. CEO John Fallon is hopeful that restructuring costs and job cuts will position the company for future growth in 2015 and beyond.

July 31, 2014

AIR Appeals Pearson's Common-Core Testing Contract in N.M. Court

The American Institutes for Research is seeking to break up a potentially big Common Core testing contract that it says was improperly bundled and skewed to favor Pearson.

July 31, 2014

'Moms Winning' While Common-Core Advocates Patronize

Tuesday's POLITICO piece by Stephanie Simon, "Moms Winning the Common Core War," featured earnest Common Core advocates explaining that, to get things back on track, they need to stop being so darn principled and start appealing to the "heart." What's kind of wild is that, each time the Common Core advocates say, "We get it now," they make me think that a) they totally don't get it, and b) they're about to dig themselves into an even deeper hole. As best as I could discern, here's a distilled take on what the Common Core advocates had to say.

July 31, 2014

What Happens on K-12 Policy if Republicans Take Over the U.S. Senate?

The person best positioned to make an educated guess on that question is Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Republican on the Senate education committee. Alexander is the likeliest candidate to take over the helm of the Senate education committee if the chamber flips to GOP control in the fall.

July 29, 2014

Louisiana Board Joins Common-Core-Testing Suit Against Governor Jindal

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-4 on July 29 to join a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal over the governor's to block a common-core-aligned test.

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