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December 09, 2013

The Trouble With Testing Groups' Agreements On Student Data Privacy

Phrasing in the agreements that PARCC and Smarter Balanced signed with the U.S. Department of Education has given data-privacy advocates cause for worry about the sharing of student data.

December 05, 2013

State Assessment Group Approves Privacy Rules for Student Data

As worry swirls around the use and disclosure of student-level data, PARCC issues rules that clarify that it will not share such data with the federal government. Any decisions about sharing that information lies with states, according to the new policy.

December 05, 2013

The Meaning of PISA

Marc Tucker explains how the results of the latest PISA assessment ought to inform America's education policy reform agenda: we should be basing it on the strategies employed by the top performing education systems in the world.

December 03, 2013

Fifteen States Seek Double-Testing Waiver From U.S. Education Department

The U.S. Department of Education has revealed the states that want to replace all or part of their 2014 tests with field tests developed by PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

December 03, 2013

Assessment vs. Accountability

We need a bolder reform agenda, one that opens minds and creativity, radically changes how schools are funded, reinvents classroom and school house, changes our calendars and keep our youth engaged in learning year round, envisions less brick and mortar, more community connection and, that brings little ones to school at 4 and allows them move on, when they are ready.

November 27, 2013

Researchers Estimate 7,600 District Buyers for Common-Core Materials

Some 68 percent of district curriculum directors plan to purchase new instructional materials for common-core implementation, according to an MDR survey.

November 22, 2013

Consortium Seeks Vendors to Bid for Assessments

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has released a request for proposals to develop assessments, submit assessment reports and analyze results.

November 21, 2013

Tom Friedman's Right: There Is No Shanghai Secret

Marc Tucker argues that in order to greatly improve U.S. student achievement, we need to focus on developing the teachers we already have instead of driving them away with punitive accountability systems.

November 19, 2013

HarperCollins Pairs With Startup to Offer Interactive E-books

Longtime publishing house HarperCollins will give e-book provider Curriculet access to its extensive list of titles.

November 15, 2013

Matching the Common Core to the Right Curriculum and Assessment

A Mississippi newspaper spotlights the National Center on Education and the Economy's high school reform program, Excellence for All.

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