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September 04, 2014

For the Common Core, A Different Sort of Benchmark

The Concord Review, a journal of high school student history essays, makes a powerful argument for using student work in explaining academic standards.

September 04, 2014

Common Core's Five Big Half-Truths

Common Core advocates repeatedly stress five impressive claims. Here's a cheat sheet for evaluating those claims, which are far less compelling than they appear at first glance.

September 03, 2014

New Group Seeks to Counter 'Toxic Nature' of Education-Policy Debate

A new communications organization headed by a former aide to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan aims to elevate the debate over K-12 education policy, its backers say.

September 02, 2014

On C-SPAN, a Civil Discourse on Common Core

"Washington Journal" featured a discussion on the standards by Michael J. Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute.

September 02, 2014

Free, Full-Day Kindergarten Begins for Minnesota Children

Minnesota offers free, full-day kindergarten for the first time to help close the opportunity gap.

September 02, 2014

iPad Scandal Grows in L.A., Raising Leadership Questions

The story of how the Los Angeles Unified School District contracted for iPads and software with Apple and Pearson is not going away. Calls for investigation continue along with public questions about whether Superintendent John Deasy can, or should, survive this issue and others. But the important issue is not the contract; it's the strategy behind it.

August 28, 2014

Oklahoma Loses Waiver Over Academic Standards; Indiana, Kansas Waivers Extended

The U.S. Department of Education approved No Child Left Behind waiver extensions for Indiana and Kansas, but not Oklahoma, which abandoned the common core earlier this summer.

August 27, 2014

What Should Arne Do?

We've hammered Duncan for what he's gotten wrong. But as teachers, we know that you don't foster improvement by focusing on the negatives. Can we come up with some suggestions for what Duncan should do?

August 27, 2014

Obama Administration's Education Policies at the Heart of New Lawsuit

Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is on a warpath to repeal the common core and accompanying tests in Louisiana, plans to sue the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for forcing states to adopt the them.

August 26, 2014

Education Issues to Get Intensive Media Attention on Sept. 9

On that date, there will be events about education policy sponsored by The New York Times and NPR, and the annual release of U.S. News & World Report's college rankings.

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