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April 30, 2014

Smart Balances in Smart Blends

It can be a difficult challenge for teachers to meet students where they are and also teach grade-level mathematics. Negotiating that tension is the subject of this post, in which I'll offer some thoughts on striking smart balances in rotation models. I've also included thoughts from two mathematics teachers, Allyson ("Ryan") Redd of North Carolina and Peter Tang of Tennessee.

April 24, 2014

Test Supports for ELLs: Differences Between PARCC and Smarter Balanced

PARCC and Smarter Balanced offer very different testing supports for English-language learners on their common-core aligned assessments.

April 21, 2014

Reactions to the 'Common Core' Math Problem That Went Viral

A few weeks ago, a father posted a page from his son's supposed common-core math assignment on Facebook, claiming that despite his own degree in engineering, he could not solve the problem.

April 16, 2014

College Board Details New SAT Redesign With Release of Test Specs

Details and sample questions are released in advance of the spring 2016 roll out of the new redesigned SAT.

April 11, 2014

In About-Face, S.C. State Board Votes to Stick With Smarter Balanced Test

Despite a state education department official's announcement April 3 that the state would withdraw from Smarter Balanced, the state board voted not to do so April 9.

April 09, 2014

Stephen Colbert Takes on Common-Core Tests

The comedian mocked the possibly confusing terminology used on assessments aligned to the common standards.

April 07, 2014

Secondary-Level School Administrators Make Voices Heard on Capitol Hill

Top assistant principals from across the country lobbied their representatives to support technology, professional development, and the common core.

April 04, 2014

State Lawmakers Take Steps to Keep Cursive in the Classroom

States move to keep cursive instruction in classrooms, despite its absence from the common core.

April 04, 2014

Strong States & Common Standards

Strong states and common expectations are fundamental to the future of K-12 education in America. New tools create the opportunity for new schools; standards and states are the framework for quality at scale.

April 01, 2014

Common-Standards Watch: Our New Map Tracks States' Movements

Education Week updates its map of common-standards adoptions to reflect the first reversal by a state: Indiana.

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