Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


NCLB Draft Rewrite Reduces Stakes of Standardized Testing, Brings Major Changes to Federal Ed Policy

The proposed law would require states to create their own accountability systems and bar the federal government from incentivizing states to adopt specific standards, such as the Common Core State Standards.

Report: Most Americans Support Concepts Behind Common Core

Most Americans support the basic concepts behind the Common Core, even if many do not know what the Common Core State Standards are, according to a new survey from the Leadership Conference Education Fund.

Will Pearson's Social Media Monitoring Damage Common Core Adoption?

The recent revelation that Pearson has been monitoring social media to find students sharing Common Core assessment items has set off a firestorm, but will it disrupt the adoption of Common Core State Standards and assessments? Is monitoring social media an invasion of student privacy, or just a means of protecting intellectual property? THE Journal talked to some education policy experts to find out.

Shmoop Launches Test Prep for PARCC Assessments

Digital publisher Shmoop has unveiled four new study guides designed to help students prepare for PARCC Common Core assessments.

3 of 10 District IT Leaders Report Full Readiness for Online Assessments

This year's top priorities among IT leadership in K-12 are assessment readiness, wireless access and mobile learning, in that order. Those are the same priorities as last year, with the difference that wireless beat out mobile learning. Those and a number of other findings surfaced during this year's K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a professional association for school and district IT leaders.

McGraw-Hill Updates Building Blocks with More Games, iPad Accessibility

McGraw-Hill Education has unveiled a new version of Building Blocks, its supplemental math program, with 50 percent more games, iPad accessibility and increased support for Common Core and state standards through grade 8.

RGS Debuts Ruggedized Chromebooks for Schools

RGS has launched the RGS Education Chromebook, a ruggedized Chromebook designed for use in the classroom.

Assessment Provider, Online Resource Collection Team Up To Match Students With Resources

Assessment provider Renaissance Learning will partner with online resource collection provider OpenEd to directly connect assessment of students to the resources that will help teachers with the Common Core Standards.

Watchung Hills Regional High Deploys Software-Defined Storage for Virtualization

Watchung Hills Regional High School in New Jersey has implemented a software-defined storage system to support its VMware Horizon virtual desktop infrastructure.

2 Million Students Have Completed PARCC's Online Tests

Since Feb. 16, schools in Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey and New Mexico have started testing.

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