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March 12, 2015

Duncan on Standards, ESEA, and Why He Avoided PARCC Protesters

At the National Science Teachers Association's annual conference this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about standards and "overtesting," and was questioned on an encounter with parent protesters.

March 12, 2015

What If You Only Had 5 Minutes to Inspire a Teacher?

The reports are everywhere. Teacher enrollment is down, but their status is up. Regardless of the reports, teachers need a little inspiration. What would you say if you had 5 minutes to do it?

March 11, 2015

South Carolina Adopts Standards Intended to Replace Common Core

The South Carolina Board of Education adopted standards intended to replace the Common Core State Standards on March 11, after the state required new standards for the 2015-16 school year

March 10, 2015

Math Consultant: Smarter Balanced Math Tests Have 'Egregious Flaws'

In a recent critique of Smarter Balanced's online practice tests for mathematics, educational consultant Steven Rasmussen argues that the assessments are "a quagmire of poor technological design."

March 10, 2015

Chiefs for Change Announces New Focus on Big Cities, John White as New Leader

Chiefs for Change says it wishes to focus more on building a bipartisan K-12 consensus with the backing of big-city superintendents, and is ending its affiliation with the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

March 05, 2015

Professor: Common Core Teaches Students That Murder Isn't Wrong

A professor argues that public schools are failing to teach students the difference between fact and opinion, resulting in moral apathy among young people.

March 04, 2015

Textbook-Navigation Tool Helps Teachers Locate Standards

Researcher William Schmidt has created a tool that helps teachers determine where exactly a particular standard is taught within a specific textbook.

March 02, 2015

Chicago Changes Course, Will Offer PARCC Districtwide This Year

The district faced more than $1 billion in federal and state cuts if it did not offer the test districtwide, and the state of Illinois threatened to pull its designation as a district.

February 27, 2015

Did the Common-Core Math Writers Accidentally Drop a Standard?

A member of the common-core feedback group said that somewhere within the many drafts of the document the writers lost a geometry standard.

February 26, 2015

Federal Judge Rules Gov. Jindal's Common-Core Lawsuit Can Proceed

U.S. District Court Judge Shelly D. Dick ruled that Jindal proved to the court's satisfaction that he had a right to sue the federal government over the common core.

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