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November 07, 2014

Standardization or Personalization? (Or, how not to fumble the equity ball.)

To ensure equity, some argue that assessments must be standardized, while others say they should be personalized. As states continuously improve systems of assessment and accountability, are there common principles that can guide us all to victory?

November 06, 2014

Smarter Balanced Delays Vote on Cut Scores

States in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have decided to take more time before approving a set of cut scores for the consortium's spring test.

November 04, 2014

Smarter Balanced Field Test Report Calls For Strong Internet Connectivity

Interrupted Internet connections sometimes caused issues in the field tests, according to a study that spotlights the need for sufficient technology infrastructure and bandwidth in schools.

November 04, 2014

Smarter Balanced Field Tests Didn't Mirror Classroom Learning, Study Says

Feedback from states shows that most students didn't feel the test reflected what they were taught in class.

November 03, 2014

Online Common Core Testing Delayed in Louisiana

Superintendent John White announces that students in elementary and middle school will take the exam on paper, rather than on computer, this academic year.

November 03, 2014

Louisiana Delays Plan for Computer-Based PARCC Testing

Superintendent John White announces that students in elementary and middle school will take the exam on paper, rather than on computer, this academic year.

October 31, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: KnowRe Raises $6.8M to Scale its Personalized Math App

KnowRe, an app that personalizes Math instruction based on student progress, raised $6.8 million in venture capital.

October 30, 2014

Teachers a Key Source of Common-Core Curricula, Study Finds

As schools and districts struggle to find good-quality curriculum aligned to the common core, they're turning most often to their own teachers for those instructional materials, a new survey shows.

October 29, 2014

Large Suburban Districts Call for More Testing Flexibility

The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium is made up of 16 school districts across the country. Earlier this year, the group also called for reduced emphasis on testing.

October 27, 2014

Interview With Phil Daro and Jason Zimba on the Common Core

An interview with Phil Daro and Jason Zimba, leaders in developing the Common Core mathematics standards, on implementation progress, the testing consortia, accountability systems and instructional materials.

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