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Even though the state has withdrawn from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, it still plans to use the common-core-aligned field tests under development for students with severe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

April 17, 2014

Ed. Dept. Allows Kansas to Use Field Tests for Students With Disabilities

After dropping out of Smarter Balanced, Kansas had to submit a special double-testing waiver to use common-core aligned field tests for students in special education.

April 17, 2014

Common-Core Critics Can't Just Say No

Common Core critics in each state need to devise their own version of "repeal and replace."

April 17, 2014

More Research Needed on Proper Use of Common-Core Tests, Report Says

States and districts plan to use new common-core tests for teacher evaluation, but such a use "requires new validity and reliability evidence," according to a new report.

April 17, 2014

Memo to Washington: 'Physician, Heal Thyself!'

Theresa Rouse of King City Union School District, California responds to James W. Pellegrino and uses the analogy of a three-legged stool to explain the three major components of education reform: standards, assessment, and accountability.

April 16, 2014

Teachers Anxious as Policymakers Waffle on Common-Core Decisions

The indecision about the common-core standards in many states has led some teachers to believe that policymakers are leaving them in the lurch.

April 16, 2014

How to Teach Amid Common-Core Uncertainty

As more states grow uncertain or conflicted about sticking with the Common Core State Standards, educators and others on the front lines find themselves in a bind.

April 16, 2014

Arne Duncan on Waivers, Common Core, and Teacher Prep

Here's an edited transcript of a 30-minute Q-and-A with the U.S. Secretary of Education, who touched on the important decisions he's facing in his remaining time in office.

April 16, 2014

Learning From the Reform Mistakes of the Past

James W. Pellegrino of University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that the assessment system should be built from the bottom up or inside out - starting with the classroom level and working towards the monitoring level -- just the REVERSE of what we have done with Common Core ELA and Math.

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