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April 24, 2014

State Ed. Departments Should Scale Back, Involve Outside Groups, Report Says

State education agencies need to delegate more responsibilities to outside groups and slim down in light of past failures, a new report states.

April 23, 2014

Chiefs at CCSSO Event Say Implementation Focus Put Politics on Backburner

"The extent to which the political conversation rose up on the right and on the left was surprising, because we've been talking about this for four years," Tennessee Commissioner Huffman said.

April 23, 2014

Four State Education Chiefs Rally Behind Common-Core Implementation

Education leaders detail their work to implement the common core and their struggles to deal with various kinds of opposition to the new standards.

April 23, 2014

Despite Common-Core Politics, Chiefs Say Standards, Accountability Will Remain

Four state education chiefs say they remain committed to using the Common Core State Standards and holding schools and teachers accountable for their progress.

April 22, 2014

Teachers Give Today's Digital Tools Mixed Grades, National Survey Shows

Only about half of the nation's teachers regard the digital tools their students use frequently as effective, according to a new nationwide survey of educators.

April 21, 2014

Standards Slated to Replace Common Core in Indiana Clear First Hurdle

A state panel led by Gov. Mike Pence and state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz recommended that the state board approve a new set of content standards.

April 21, 2014

Brooks, Stotsky, and the Common Core

A couple years ago I observed, "I see great potential value in states choosing to embrace common, high-caliber reading and math standards... That said, seems to me there's a huge chance that the whole exercise will go south, with many states implementing the Common Core half-heartedly, while screwing with existing reforms and standards. Such an outcome would ultimately do more harm than good." Last Friday, two columns reminded me why I fear the entire Common Core enterprise is likely to have disquieting results.

April 21, 2014

Brand Names in Common-Core Tests Anger New York Parents

Nike, Barbie, and iPod all make appearances on the English/language arts tests that children are taking this spring.

April 18, 2014

Kansas Gets Waiver to Use Common-Core Alternate Assessments

Even though the state has withdrawn from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, it still plans to use the common-core-aligned field tests under development for students with severe cognitive disabilities.

April 17, 2014

Experts Pick Apart Indiana Standards Set to Replace Common Core

Analysts are weighing in on the final draft of Indiana's new content standards, which are due for approval by the state board on April 28.

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