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June 26, 2012

Input Sought on Math Frameworks Pegged to Common Core

A state testing consortium is inviting public comment on two documents that aim to help educators implement the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.

June 26, 2012

Ohio Joins Ranks of States With 3rd Grade Retention Law

Ohio's governor has signed a new law that ties promotion of 3rd graders to their performance on a 3rd grade reading test.

June 21, 2012

Alaska Considering Common Assessments?

Alaska reportedly is inquiring about joining an assessment consortium, although federal rules require a state to have adopted the common standards.

June 18, 2012

Contract Awarded to Oversee Teacher Assessment Leaders

A professional development group has won a $4.3 million contract to train teachers as leaders in the PARCC assessment system.

June 14, 2012

Leader of Common Core Initiative Steps Down

The leader of one of the groups that drove the common-standards initiative steps down.

June 11, 2012

What Lies Ahead for NGA and the Common Standards?

The new education leader of the National Governors Association sees the organization's role as helping governors build the support they need to implement the changes necessary on many fronts to make the common core a success.

June 07, 2012

Common Standards Driving Assessment Questions

Three years before the common assessments are fully operational and rolled out, we see ripples from the common standards affecting assessment. Take as one example the many questions hovering about students with disabilities. As my colleague Nirvi Shah reports, the path to assessing such students is...

May 30, 2012

NCLB Waivers: More Time, New Goals, But Still: Those Tests!

States' winning applications for waivers from No Child Left Behind shift the goals and timelines of tests.

May 25, 2012

Mass. Mulls, Maryland Moves On Social Studies Graduation Requirement

Massachusetts plans to require high school seniors to pass a test in U.S. history to graduate, and Maryland approves a law to reinstate passage of a test in U.S. government.

May 22, 2012

Anti-Common-Core Rumblings in Alabama

The Alabama state senate has approved a resolution encouraging the state board of education to undo its adoption of the common standards.

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