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October 03, 2014

Common-Core Testing Market Dominated by Familiar Players

An Education Week review of federally funded, common-core testing contracts shows McGraw-Hill/CTB, Pearson, and ETS winning the biggest deals.

October 03, 2014

Third-Year Scores From Common-Core Tests Released by Kentucky

Kentucky has released scores from last year's reading and math assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Scores largely increased, but significant achievement gaps remain.

October 02, 2014

Common Core: The Real Issues

The Common Core is much more likely to be declared a failure because of poor implementation than because of political attacks from either side of the spectrum.

October 01, 2014

How To Align Painlessly

Test prep was the order of the day under NCLB, and under the Core, the high stakes test will drive the curriculum bus once again. All other alignment is just doing the deck chair dance of doom.

October 01, 2014

Global Dimensions of Math

Every curricular area has a global dimension that can be taught in the classroom, including math. This is often the area that is most difficult for people to grasp as being global, but math helps us understand the world—and we use the world to understand math. The world is interconnected and math shows these connections and possibilities. The earlier young learners can put these skills to practice, the more likely we are to remain an innovation society and economy.

September 30, 2014

Pearson Lands Common-Core Contract in Mississippi After Testing Standoff

The Mississippi department of education awarded an $8.3 million contract to Pearson, in a decision it said was compelled by a state board's failure to act.

September 30, 2014

Watch: Common Core Spurs Hope, Fear for a Miami Principal

A Miami middle school principal discusses her respect for the standards, but says that state policies and a lack of resources have hampered her teachers' ability to prepare for new assessments.

September 30, 2014

Common Core Heats Up Louisiana Senate Race

Candidates debate the Common Core State Standards in a three-way race for Senate in Louisiana.

September 29, 2014

Ed. Businesses Asked to Help Schools Plan for Tech. Transformation

Districts are at a pivotal point in their readiness to transform classrooms with the use of technology, hundreds of education companies heard today at the opening session of EdNET 2014 in Baltimore.

September 29, 2014

The Reaction to My National Affairs Essay on the Common Core

Last week, National Affairs published my essay on the Common Core. Today, I want to respond to the advocates who've shared their reactions with me.

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