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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.

October 27, 2014

President Obama Is Root of Test-Reduction Rhetoric, Sources Say

The push to reduce the amount of time schools spend on testing originates in the White House, sources say.

October 25, 2014

Urban Educators Debate Testing in National Town Hall

The Council of the Great City Schools convened a town hall on the current testing regime in public schools, with panelists discussing its impact and what's needed to better assess student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.

October 24, 2014

Toward a New Era in Educational Assessment

A new report lays out a strong case for new forms of assessment and could start a movement toward better ways of knowing what students know and can do, says Bob Lenz of Envision Education.

October 23, 2014

A New Approach to Testing: New Hampshire Seeks Federal Approval

New Hampshire is proposing an alternative to testing all students every year with the same assessment. If the U.S. Department of Education approves its pilot plan, it could send a powerful signal that more testing flexibility might be available for states.

October 23, 2014

Testing Consortium Awards Contract for English-Learner Assessment

The WIDA consortium has chosen a Minnesota company to score its new, common-core aligned English-language proficiency assessment that will debut in 2015-16.

October 22, 2014

Chicago District Wants One-Year Delay of PARCC Test

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, will ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.

October 21, 2014

Digital Learning Games Used by Majority of Teachers, Survey Finds

Digital games have gone mainstream in U.S. schools, but their full potential to support learning has yet to be tapped, a new report finds.

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