Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


Free Statewide E-Portfolio Program Ends

The dream that was sustaining the first free state-wide e-portfolio initiative, which heralded great promise in Minnesota, has officially died. Users received e-mail in the last week of May announcing that free e-portfolios were being discontinued and that existing users would have to pay an annual subscription fee of $10 to keep their accounts active.

Ohio District Eliminates 102 Reading and Math Assessments by Using i-Ready

Plain Local School District has been working with the i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction and Ready programs from Curriculum Associates for a couple of school years. In that time, the school system has reported that it has been able to eliminate dozens of assessments in its K-8 schools.

How Washington Is Using OERs to Support Common Core

Karl Nelson is the director of the Digital Learning Department for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. In this Q&A, he talks about how his state is using open educational resources to help support Common Core State Standards.

Curriculum Associates Adds Close Reading Lessons for Grades 3-5

Curriculum Associates has updated its online i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction program with new close reading lessons for students in grades 3-5.

OpenEd Expands its Assessment Bank

The company, which currently has 725,019 assessments, homework assignments, videos and lesson plans in its library, recently added questions from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Assess2Know Benchmark Item Bank and Higher Learning Technology (HLT).

Districts in Illinois and Wisconsin Deploy Lexia Reading Core5

The program is designed to provide a personalized learning path for each student, including scaffolding and explicit instruction that supports students if they struggle.

Missouri Tosses Smarter Balanced

The Missouri Legislature has banned the Smarter Balanced standardized tests, leaving Missouri education officials with nine months to come up with alternative standardized tests to avoid breaking federal law, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Denver Will Expand its Use of Expeditionary Learning's Open Source Curriculum

The 90,000-student district will adopt EL’s English language arts curriculum in grades four through eight in the 2015-2016 school year.

Smarter Balanced Teachers Meet To Develop New Test Questions

Even as Common Core State Standards testing body PARCC has announced streamlined versions of its online assessments, Smarter Balanced, the other multi-state consortium, said it was meeting as well to "write and refine" its test questions.

Free, State-Sponsored Common Core Curriculum 'Excellent Alternative'

Curriculum resources developed for the state of New York have been downloaded nationally more than 20 million times. A new review evaluating the merits of the resources found them to be, on the whole, an "excellent" alternative to other options being pursued by states and districts.

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