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Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


Performance Matters Key Data Systems Partner on Common Core Assessments

Performance Matters has partnered with Key Data Systems to provide new Common Core State Standard-aligned assessment items through its Unify platform.

Student Reading Practices Lag Far Behind National Goals

As new learning standards put more emphasis on getting students to be able to read and analyze non-fiction text, a new report suggests that classrooms have a long way to go.

How a Free App Helps a Math Specialist Teach to the Common Core

Ann Elise Record, the elementary math specialist at Brown Elementary School and Hillside Elementary School in Berlin, NH, shares her experiences with Front Row, an app that facilitates small-group instruction and encourages students to work at their own level.

PARCC Assessments Begin in Six States

High school students in states that use “block scheduling” will take paper-based versions of the tests during the month of December.

Report: Testing and Assessment Products Are Now the Biggest Category of Ed Tech Sales

Vendor responses to SIIA’s annual ed tech market survey show that, driven by districts implementing the Common Core, sales in the testing and assessment category have reached almost $2.5 billion per school year.

Smarter Balanced States Approve Achievement Levels for 2015 Assessments

The recommendations, arrived at after in-person and online input from thousands of stakeholders, include achievement level scores for both math and ELA in grades 3 through 8 and high school.

11-State Coalition To Develop OER for K-12 Math and ELA

A coalition representing 11 state education agencies is setting out to create open educational resources to support math and English/language arts in K–12 schools.

OpenEd Initiates Subscription Plan for Some Common Core Resources

While still providing many Common Core resources for free, some will now be available for a monthly fee from OpenEd.

Tech Tools That Help Teach Common Core ELA

Teacher Natalie O'Neil shares the technology she uses to teach lessons that adhere to the ELA standards and prepare her students for PARCC assessments in the spring.

10 Lessons Learned From the Assessment Field Tests

Schools and districts that took part in the PARCC and Smarter Balanced trial runs share their experiences to help you prepare for online testing this spring.

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