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Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


Education Performance Standards Vary Among States by as Much as Four Grade Levels

According to a new study by the American Institutes for Research, the states reporting the highest percentage of proficient students have the lowest performance standards.

5 Study Aid Apps for Middle and High School Common Core

Common Sense Media’s service Graphite, which offers independent ratings and reviews of learning apps and websites, has compiled this list of apps that can help middle and high school students study for subjects that are aligned with the Common Core.

ISTE Will Create a Common Core Teacher Practice Network

ISTE will collaborate with the National Center for Literacy Education to provide expertise on the Common Core for professional learning, share resources with network members, develop a tool to guide alignment of instruction and learning activities to the standards, and publish examples on the NCLE and ISTE websites.

How Google Apps for Education Can Help You Implement Common Core

To support the new standards' emphasis on student collaboration, keyboarding and online research, Pascagoula School District (MS) implemented GAFE. A tech integration specialist shares how the move has eased the district's transition to the Common Core State Standards.

Common Core Contracts Pick Up Steam, Focus on Teaching Materials and PD

Districts in some states aren't exactly going hog-wild spending money on their Common Core-related activities. A recent study has found that the bulk of the contract bids related to Common Core work put out in the last couple years were generated by districts in 11 of the 45 states that were committed to implementation of the state standards. The high-rollers were California and New York.

Learning Upgrade Offers 100,000 Free Licenses for its Common Core-Aligned Courses

Administrators and teachers can enroll each licensed student into any of Learning Upgrade’s Common Core-aligned courses.

Hundreds of Free Common Core Lessons Focus on Math, ELA Standards

Compiled by a team of teacher researchers, a digital curriculum platform is adding more than 750 free, Common Core-aligned lesson plans in math and English language arts for grades 2 to 12.

North Carolina District Teams with Knovation on Digital Curriculum

In a unique business arrangement a North Carolina district is sharing its Common Core curriculum with an education technology company that delivers digital learning resources that work with those materials, thereby expecting to generate up to $150,000 in revenue during the first year of the partnership.

Common Core 'Brand' Finally Recognized, and 6 in 10 Don't Like It

Although the Common Core State Standards have become a true "brand" recognized by 81 percent of Americans (way up from just 38 percent last year), most people don't favor the idea of teachers using them to guide what's taught. In fact, six out of 10 oppose the idea of teachers using the standards, which are currently being adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Channel One Cues Up New Online Video Library

Channel One News is adding a new searchable education video library focused on helping students locate sources around current events and related topics, such as politics and healthcare.

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