Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


ProProfs Quiz Maker Gets Centralized Assessment Management, Custom Themes

ProProfs has released a major update to its assessment creation suite, Quiz Maker.

Report: Teachers in Common Core States 'Enthusiastic' about Implementation

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.

27 Vermont Schools To Field Test Smarter Balanced Assessments

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 Offers Common Core Academies Free Through End of School Year

Discovery Education is offering its Common Core-focused teacher professional development academies free through the 2013-2014 school year.

Journeys Common Core Adds Testing and Monitoring Tool

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.

ASCD Launches Common Core Training Institutes

ASCD is kicking off a new series of Common Core training for educators beginning in November.

5 Tips for Explaining Common Core to Parents

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.

Report: Most Important Factor for Common Core Success Is Teacher Support

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 Releases K-6 Common Core Reading Intervention

McGraw-Hill Education has released a K-6 reading intervention focused on Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

Rampant Errors Call into Question the Value of High-Stakes Testing

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.

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