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Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


NY Teachers: Put Common Core on Hiatus

This weekend's decision by the board of the New York State teachers union to demand that the state pull out of the upcoming Common Core tests -- at least for a while -- may start a domino effect across the country, emboldening teachers in other states to push back against the new assessments.

PARCC Releases Fully Functional Sample Test Questions for Common Core

PARCC has made its sample test questions available for computer-based practice. Sample items for the upcoming assessments of Common Core State Standards have been released previously for testing on paper across all grade levels; now PARCC schools "will be able to engage with the sample items using computer-based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder."

Do Corporate Philanthropists Have a Seat at the Education Policy Table? Duncan: 'Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth'

Is there a corporate agenda in the United States Department of Education? According to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, no.

Teachers Get Free Online Common Core PD To Reach Struggling and Special Ed Students

A new free service has launched to boost the efforts of teachers, professional development coordinators and administrators in helping struggling students, especially those with disabilities, meet the Common Core State standards in reading, writing and math.

ProProfs Releases Enterprise Quiz Maker

ProProfs.com has released an enterprise version of its flagship assessment creation tool, Quiz Maker.

UClass Seeks Districts for Curriculum Repository Pilot Program

A new pilot program aims to give districts a custom content management system where teachers can store and share curriculum and learning assets designed to support Common Core.

Big Business Speaks Out for the Common Core

The standards are taking political fire from a variety of groups, but they have some staunch supporters in corporate America.

New Jersey Districts Implement New System To Track Student Performance

Six New Jersey school districts have adopted a new Web-based system to monitor student performance and manage Student Growth Objectives

4 Concerns — and Solutions — About Online Testing

Online Common Core assessments will be required in most schools in the United States in 2015. Many teachers are enjoying facets of the standards, but educators and other stakeholders have raised concerns about the requirement for online assessments. Below are four of the top concerns people have about online testing — and suggestions for addressing them.

Grant Funds Expansion of Educational Tools Review Web Site

Ratings and review Web site Graphite is expanding its review library, teacher community and developing a mobile Web site, thanks to a $3 million grant from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

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