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January 08, 2015

Gene Wilhoit on the Common Core, Part 1

An interview with Gene Wilhoit, former executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, on why if we fail to give professional educators what they need to implement the Common Core, their initial enthusiasm for the standards could easily disappear.

January 07, 2015

The Silent Treatment: No-Flush Rule During Testing Irks Fla. Parents

"The whooshing water sounds from classroom bathrooms, they feared, might disturb test-taking classmates and send their focus, and their scores, spiraling down the drain."

January 07, 2015

Weird Testing Rules: No Flushing Toilets, Please

One Florida school forbid students from flushing toilets during testing last spring, prompting a group of parents to organize in opposition to certain school practices during assessment.

January 03, 2015

Resolve to Get Involved With Policy in 2015

I know you may be thinking, I don't have time to get involved in something else! But taking the time to get involved in education issues outside your classroom is a great way to stay connected with the larger issues at your school, in your district, and in your state. It's also a great way to keep recharging those batteries.

December 31, 2014

Top District Stories in 2014: Spending, Testing, Principals, and Ferguson

Among the most read posts in 2014 were stories about principals and school leadership, a backlash against standardized testing, the fallout from a police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and school funding issues in Philadelphia.

December 29, 2014

A 2014 Recap, and Common-Core Headlines You Probably Won't See in 2015

We round up this year's most popular blog posts, and offer some projections for next year.

December 22, 2014

Federal Officials Grant Florida Waiver on English-Learner Testing

Federal officials granted the state's request to give its English-language learners two years in a U.S. school before counting their test scores in school grades.

December 22, 2014

How to Reduce Testing? Some Schools Dump Midterms, Final Exams

Some northern New Jersey high schools are dropping local midterms and finals in a bid to preserve instructional time.

December 19, 2014

Hot Topics in the K-12 Market in 2014, and What's Ahead

The growth of the testing market and major district purchases of digital devices were among the biggest trends affecting the K-12 marketplace in 2014.

December 19, 2014

Los Angeles Requests Delay in Using New Test Scores for Accountability Purposes

Citing concerns over technological readiness, LA Superintendent Raymond Cortines has asked the state Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas Torlakson not to use the district's students' test scores on new Smarter Balanced tests for "high stakes accountability purposes."

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