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June 17, 2014

Approved Calif. Budget Includes More Common-Core Funding, Pre-K Expansion

There's significantly higher funding for career education, early learning, and the common-core transition in the budget Golden State lawmakers passed June 15.

June 13, 2014

Can Any State Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Test Items?

A small group of states wants to use PARCC and Smarter Balanced test items to make their own assessments. One has reached out to federal officials for clarification that test items should be freely available to all states.

June 12, 2014

Delay in Education Appropriations Process Angers Republicans

The Senate committee responsible for funding education has postponed the markup up of its federal fiscal 2015 spending bill, and Republicans are angry.

June 12, 2014

What Should New Accountability Systems Emphasize and Measure?

A high-powered panel discussion in Washington focused on school and student accountability, but revealed disparate attitudes about the importance of testing.

June 11, 2014

While Other States Fold the Common Core, California Doubles Down

In a week where two states dumped the Common Core, more than 300 California organizations signed on to support it.

June 11, 2014

South Carolina Chief's Primaries Head to Run-Offs; Zais-Backed Candidate Out

The primary races in the South Carolina superintendent's election are headed to June 24 run-offs, with two Republicans and two Democrats set to face each other.

June 11, 2014

South Carolina Dumps Common Core But 'Doesn't Have Time' to Do Major Rewrite

The Palmetto State is fast-tracking its new standards so they're ready for legislative approval in January.

June 10, 2014

Higher Education Leaders Form Coalition in Support of Common Core

Nearly 200 college presidents and higher education leaders have formed a coalition to support the common-core standards, which have increasingly come under fire.

June 10, 2014

Gates Foundation: Teachers, Students Should Get Two-Year Accountability Pause

"A rushed effort to apply the assessments could punish teachers as they're trying new things," a Gates Foundation official wrote in announcing the group's new stance.

June 10, 2014

Gates Foundation: Wait Two Years Before Attaching Consequences to Common Core

A top official from the biggest common-core funder in the country says districts and schools should wait before basing teacher evaluations and student promotion decisions on tests based on the new standards.

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