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Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


Common Core Falters in Michigan

Michigan has taken the first steps in what could result in the end of Common Core in the state. The version of the budget passed by the House this week prohibits the Michigan Department of Education from allocating funding for the implementation of the standards. The Michigan House also has a separate bill in committee that, if eventually ratified, would formally withdraw the state from Common Core.

Alaska Joins Smarter Balanced but Remains Independent of Common Core

Even as some states begin pushing back against Common Core State Standards, the state of Alaska has signed on as an "advisory" member with one of the two consortia responsible for developing CCSS assessments. But the move does not signal that Alaska will adopt Common Core State Standards.

'Classroom Reimagined' Contest To Award $150,000 in Software Licenses

Education technology provider eInstruction has opened a new video contest that will grant $150,000 in Insight 360 software licenses to winning schools.

How Common Core Could Breathe New Life Into OER

Will the new state standards push more districts to start using open educational resources?

Amplify Insight Creating Digital Library of Assessment Tools for Smarter Balanced

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has given a $12.5 million contract to Amplify Insight (formerly known as Wireless Generation) to develop a digital library of formative assessment practices and professional learning resources for teachers.

Department of Ed Awards $708 million in Contracts for Nation's Report Card Assessments

The National Center on Education Statistics, the primary federal agency in charge of collecting and analyzing data related to education, has just awarded several multi-million dollar contracts to five education and testing companies as part of a five-year contract to administer the next generation of assessments for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Gordon Report: New Assessments Will Need Continued Scrutiny

A two-year independent commission studying the future of education and especially the effective use of assessment to measure student learning has issued a public policy statement calling for policymakers to turn their attention on the use of assessments to providing timely information to students and teachers rather than school and teacher accountability.

Pearson VUE Acquires Testing Software Developer Exam Design

Pearson VUE, the assessment services wing of Pearson, has acquired examination software development company Exam Design.

PARCC Releases Guidance for Common Core Assessments

PARCC--one of the two organizations tasked with developing assessments for Common Core State Standards--has released a new set of resources designed to help teachers and administrators prepare for the impending 2014 assessments.

Kno Advance Lets Publishers Convert Flat PDF Files into Interactive Textbooks

Education software company Kno has debuted Advance, a new platform that can convert PDFs and other flat document files into interactive electronic textbooks at no cost.

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