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August 14, 2012

Preview of Common Core Assessments Now Available

Two state consortia working on tests based on the Common Core State Standards have released sample items intended to test whether students can show a deep understanding of material.

July 11, 2012

Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum

Microsoft founder Bill Gates stressed the importance of multiple measures in teacher evaluation systems and praised the Common Core State Standards in the keynote speech at the Education Commission of the States' National Forum on Education Policy.

July 11, 2012

ECS National Forum, Day 2: 'Expect Outrage' on Common Core

Two lead writers of the Common Core State Standards say the standards would improve achievement by focusing on fewer but more important topics in the earlier grades, and getting rid of unproductive activities and topics.

July 06, 2012

Louisiana Official Takes Key Post at State Chiefs' Group

Louisiana assistant state superintendent Scott Norton said he is stepping down from his post to oversee work on standards, testing and accountability for the Council of Chief State School Officers.

June 25, 2012

Common Core Legislation: How Did Your State Do?

An analysis from the National Conference of State Legislatures found that 100 bills related to the Common Core State Standards were introduced in state legislatures in 2012, and 39 were passed into law.

June 11, 2012

New York's Big Cities (Not Just the Big Apple) Lag Behind State Grad. Rate

Graduation rates for the 2007 cohort of New York State high school students rose slightly, the state department reported on June 11, but significant achievement gaps exist between minorities and whites, urban/suburban and low-need schools, and between schools in "large cities" and others.

May 16, 2012

N.H. Foes of IB Program Seek to Keep it Out of Schools

The New Hampshire Senate was scheduled to consider a bill May 16 that would block schools from using the International Baccalaureate course of study, which detractors say promotes a distasteful international ideology.

May 16, 2012

Florida Writing Tests Set Off Alarms; State Board Sets New Cut Score

Tougher scoring guidelines on Florida's state reading test resulted in a significant drop in the percentage of passing students this year, prompting a change in the "cut score" by the state school board that means schools' grades won't be hurt this year by the lower score.

May 10, 2012

ALEC's Common Core Vote Now Under Public Microscope

A May 11 vote by the American Legislative Exchange Council on a resolution opposing the Common Core State Standards is drawing attention from both foes and champions of the standards.

April 24, 2012

Want More on the Common Core?

Link to Education Week's special report on the Common Core State Standards.

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