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April 22, 2015

Video: A Reason to Read: Driving Deep Analysis

High school English teacher Sarah Brown Wessling challenges her students' thinking by having them apply their knowledge of a text and create a prototype of a person who pushes the limits.

April 15, 2015

What Are They Cheering For?

If students can't do their best work unless adults hop, skip, strut, twist and shout about the test, we're doing something quite wrong in assessment, and in our messaging about education.

April 14, 2015

Senate Ed. Committee Marking Up ESEA Rewrite: Study the Amendments

Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and ranking member Patty Murray, D-Wash., have the difficult task of preserving the compromise bill they spent two months crafting.

April 13, 2015

School Choice Backer Marco Rubio Throws Hat in GOP Presidential Ring

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who announced his candidacy for president Monday, is the third pro-school-choice, common-core-skeptical Republican senator to throw his hat in the ring.

April 07, 2015

ESEA Draft Keeps Annual Testing Schedule

The bipartisan draft of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would also require states to have challenging academic standards, and authorize a comprehensive state literacy program.

April 07, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Common Core Foe/School Choice Fan, Enters Presidential Race

Add one more unabashed foe of the Common Core State Standards to the list of Republican presidential candidates: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

April 02, 2015

A Look Back at Parent-School Relationships

Educators have always struggled with cultivating the parent-school partnership even though they believe it is an invaluable tool that helps boost student achievement.

April 02, 2015

Common-Core Consortium Tests: It's Been a Long Five Years

It would be an understatement to say that it's been an eventful five years since the feds offered $350 million grants to states to design tests for the common core.

April 01, 2015

Kentucky Chief Terry Holliday, Key Common-Core Leader, to Retire

Terry Holliday, who has served as the Bluegrass State's top K-12 official since 2009, announced that he will retire from his post on Aug. 31.

March 27, 2015

N.J. Opt-Out Bill Gets Unanimous, Bipartisan Support in One Chamber

New Jersey school districts would be required to provide students who opt out of standardized testing an "educationally appropriate ungraded" activity under proposed legislature.

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