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Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


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.

Smarter Balanced Approves Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines

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.

PARCC Issues First Request for Proposals Ahead of 2014 Assessments

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has issued a request for proposal for "a computer-based test delivery platform, an assessment item repository, a data warehouse, score reporting tools, and a score reports design study," according to a news release from the 20-state consortium.

Advanced Academics Updates 18 Courses for Common Core

Online education provider Advanced Academics has updated its online math and English/language arts courses to align with Common Core State Standards and require additional rigor on the part of students.

Common Core Curriculum Expansion Targets Early Readers

Curriculum Associates has enhanced its Ready Common Core reading program with content tailored for beginning readers at kindergarten and first grade levels, while enhancing support for teachers adjusting to the new Common Core State Standards.

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