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October 23, 2014

Common Core and Corporate Interests

Jack and guest Julian Vasquez Heilig discuss whether testing companies like Pearson are behind the Common Core State Standards.

October 23, 2014

Despite History, N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Says: 'I Have Nothing to Do With Common Core'

Although he's previously stressed the importance of the common core, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in an Oct. 22 debate: "I have nothing to do with common core."

October 23, 2014

Civic Literacy and the Power of 'Close Reading'

Casey: Could it be that if we focused on the actual standards, the extravagant claims that are made against the common core would be impossible to sustain?

October 22, 2014

California Moving Rapidly Toward Post-NCLB Accountability

State School Board president Mike Kirst signals the end of single-measure accountability as California schools chase eight state priorities.

October 22, 2014

Chicago District Wants One-Year Delay of PARCC Test

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, will ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.

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

Oklahoma Wants Its NCLB Waiver Back, Right Now

The Sooner State stands a very good chance of getting its waiver back. It's just a question of when.

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 21, 2014

We Need Standards Without Standardizing

Meier: Teaching "to" a prefabricated curriculum ... and thus also to the test that comes along with it cannot lead to the kind of feistiness that a good school should be an exemplar of.

October 17, 2014

Globally Competent Kentucky: A State Approach

As mentioned in our previous blog, we are beginning to see an increased interest by states to provide their students with a globally focused education, including increased access to world language programs and acknowledgement of heritage languages through seals of biliteracy. Kentucky has not only made a public statement on the importance of global competence and world languages for its students, but is taking time to evaluate the situation before moving to expansion. Lu Young explains.

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