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Common Core Tests

Arne Duncan in Pittsburgh, Selling Low Common Core Test Scores

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On September 18, 2015, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stopped in Pittsburgh at private university, Carnegie Mellon, to promote Common Core and its tests.

Noteworthy: No Federal Sanctions for New York Opt-out

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Test-centered American public education has had its day, and based upon the growing appeal to parents of opting their children out of mandated tests, that day has more than passed.

The PARCC Race to the Top Contract and Its 26 State MOUs

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.03.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

When the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) applied for Race to the Top (RTTT) funding on June 30, 2010, it submitted this 1,609-page application.

Student Leaders Explain Why Hundreds of New Mexico Students Walked Out on Common Core Testing

Patrick Davis | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
Patrick Davis

High school students across New Mexico walked out en masse this morning to protest the start PARCC testing, which began Monday morning.

Wait, Tell Me Again What Common Core Is?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Common Core Will Make Our Kids Smarter! No, It Will Make Them Dumber! Common Core Will Make Kids Enjoy School More! No, It Will Permit the Totalitaria...

Joy Resmovits

Bobby Jindal Has Done A Complete 180 On The Common Core

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

For the last four years, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has championed the set of learning benchmarks known as the Common Core State Standards -- but...

Welcome to Common Core Hospital

Peter Greene | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Nurse Duncan: Welcome to Common Core Hospital. How may I assist you? Chris: My name's Chris Wobble. I was just in a car accident. My arms seems to be broken in about three places.

A Teacher's Words to Louis C.K.

TNTP | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
TNTP

I'm not out to criticize Louis C.K. or to throw fuel on the firefights over Common Core. But from the perspective of this particular third grade teacher, I respectfully disagree with him. Let me tell you why.

Students Are Test-Driving New Common Core Exams. You Can Too

| Sarah Garland | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next ...

The Night Before the ELA Test

Julie Slotnik Sturm | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Julie Slotnik Sturm

There are many things I don't like about the THE TEST. I don't like that, in an effort to develop critical thinking and writing skills, every piece of my son's writing (and those of his peers) now include the words "for example" and "subsequently."

States Reconsider Common Core Tests

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Beginning in March, more than four million students will serve as ...

8 Questions About The Common Core You Should Know How To Answer

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. If you keep hearing about the Common Core but don’t know exactly...

How Does The Common Core Compare To Previous Standards?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

A major requirement for the Common Core State Standards was that they be internationally benchmarked. But there has been debate about how well the sta...

NYC School Principals Fight Back Against Recent State Test

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.23.2013 | New York

Principals around New York City are fighting back against what they see as flawed state tests. A group of 15 principals from selective middle and h...

The Role of Fiction in the High School English Language Arts Classroom

Susan Pimentel | Posted 02.10.2013 | Education
Susan Pimentel

Said plainly, stories, drama, poetry, and other literature account for the majority of reading that students will do in the high school ELA classroom.

New Standardized Tests Coming Next Week

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

Pennsylvania school districts are set to administer the first wave of new statewide standardized tests, which students must pass in order to graduate ...

Education Technology, Digital Learning Not As Easy As It Seems

Posted 11.15.2012 | Education

A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must address in the next two yea...

Education 'Insiders' Extremely Skeptical Of Positive Education Reform Post-Election

Posted 11.14.2012 | Education

Education consulting group Whiteboard Advisors recently conducted surveys of 50-75 anonymous political and policy “insiders” prior to and in the a...

Utah Withdraws From Consortium Developing Common Core Tests

Posted 08.07.2012 | Education

The Utah state school board on Friday voted 12-3 to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium -- one of two state-based consortia worki...

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics, or What's Really Up With Automated Essay Scoring

Todd Farley | Posted 08.08.2012 | Education
Todd Farley

Until the time comes that automated scoring engines can read and understand, the benefits of those systems seem quite limited to me.