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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.

June 10, 2014

Gates Foundation Backs Two-Year Accountability Delay Under Common Core

In a June 10 letter, a senior Gates Foundation official says the philanthropy supports a two-year moratorium on using assessments aligned with the common core to evaluate teachers or promote students.

June 10, 2014

New EdWeek Special Report Examines the Changing Ed-Tech Marketplace

A new special report, Navigating the Ed-Tech Marketplace, looks at the evolution of the multibillion dollar K-12 ed-tech landscape, and the pressures facing school leaders and vendors.

June 10, 2014

North Carolina's Common-Core 'Repeal' Bills, Through the State Chief's Eyes

Will North Carolina be the next state to step back from the common core, and how does its state superintendent feel about the recent activity?

June 10, 2014

My Cabbie and Oklahoma's Quest for the un-Common Core

It's been a tough stretch for the Common Core. South Carolina and Oklahoma have followed Indiana in abandoning the enterprise. North Carolina may be about to join them. Education Week's Catherine Gewertz reports that, as things stand, just 42% of K-12 students will be assessed using PARCC or Smarter Balanced next year. On Sunday, the Washington Post's Lyndsey Layton penned the kind of measured but skeptical big media dive into the hows and whys of the Common Core that Mike McShane and I have urged but which has been hard to find. Now, if you're a regular RHSU reader, you know that none of this should be terribly surprising.

June 10, 2014

Standards, Assessment, Evaluation: Now Is the Time for a Thank You

To maintain an environment built upon teachers' care and concern about the wellbeing of their students, care and concern need to return to the conversation.

June 09, 2014

Arne Duncan: Dropping Common Core May Not Cost Oklahoma Federal Funding

Even so, Oklahoma's decision to drop the Common Core State Standards was motivated by politics and not necessarily what's best for students, the U.S. Secretary of Education said.

June 09, 2014

New Education Week Report Examines Evolving Ed-Tech Marketplace

Education Week's new special report, Navigating the Ed-Tech Marketplace, offers a broad look at the landscape of buyers and sellers operating in and around K-12 systems.

June 08, 2014

The Washington Post's 'Tense' Talk With Bill Gates on Common Core

The newspaper details how the Microsoft billionaire got involved with the national education standards movement and what he thinks about the growing opposition to it.

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