The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic have released the partial findings of their new report, Primary Sources: America's Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change , which show that almost all teachers are aware of the Common Core State Standards and the majority of those in states adopting the standards are enthusiastic about the implementation.
Vermont will replace its current state math and English Language Arts tests with Smarter Balanced tests based on the Common Core State Standards beginning in 2015. Prior to that, 27 elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools will participate in field tests of the new high-stakes assessments.
Discovery Education is offering its Common Core-focused teacher professional development academies free through the 2013-2014 school year.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will add an online screening, assessment, and monitoring tool to its Journeys Common Core reading program designed to help students in grades K-6 build reading and vocabulary skills through daily practice, activities, and quizzes.
- By Sharleen Nelson
ASCD is kicking off a new series of Common Core training for educators beginning in November.
As new assessments are rolled out, concerned parents will want to know why their kids' scores have decreased. Here's how educators can explain the change and highlight the positive aspects of the new standards.
- By Kristen Swanson
The national discussion around Common Core is off base. Instead of focusing on test scores, teacher accountability and federal takeovers, policymakers need to put their efforts behind supporting teachers to improve teaching practices and ultimately improve student learning, according to a report released this month.
McGraw-Hill Education has released a K-6 reading intervention focused on Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
New research is questioning the validity of high stakes tests given by states, calling breakdowns in quality control "near commonplace," even as test results affect whether or not students are able to graduate or move to the next grade.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The 23 governing states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have unanimously approved the consortium's Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, which outline the modes of assessment delivery for all students, particularly those with special needs.