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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.

June 06, 2014

Less Than Half of U.S. Students Slated to Take PARCC, Smarter Balanced Tests

States where students are scheduled to take tests from two federally funded consortia account for 42 percent of national K-12 enrollment.

June 05, 2014

Oklahoma Decides To Replace Common Core With New Standards

Despite her previous support for the Common Core State Standards, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs a bill that requires the state to replace them with its own academic standards.

June 05, 2014

Okla. Gov. Fallin Signs Bill to Replace Common Core With New Standards

Five months after coming to the defense of the Common Core State Standards, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill to replace them.

June 05, 2014

Ed. Groups Push to Boost Federal Funding for Common-Core Tests

Schools will need more money from the federal government to buy the technology they need for online common-core assessments, some education organizations argue.

June 05, 2014

Federal Policy and the Role of Research

We agree that evidence is important in policy decisions, and that certainty is problematic. But we have different views on how reform efforts should be paced and whether or not they should proceed incrementally.

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