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Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


Missouri Lawmakers Reach Common Core Compromise

As the Common Core State Standards crashed in the Carolinas and Oklahoma last week, Missouri lawmakers reached a compromise on the standards designed to keep them in place for at least two years.

Common Core Crashing in the Carolinas: SC Is Out, NC Is Heading That Way

Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina has signed a bill that requires the state to drop CCSS. In North Carolina, bills to abolish the standards are moving through both houses of the state legislature.

25 New Common Core PD Courses Tackle Instructional Shifts

Professional development course provider Knowledge Delivery Systems is adding 25 new Common Core courses to its catalog, addressing topics like curricular shifts in math and ELA and leadership.

Upgraded MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach Comes With a Money-Back Guarantee

MindPlay guarantees schools that 90 percent of students will gain at least two grade levels of improvement in reading when using MVRC four days a week for 30 minutes each day — or the company will refund their purchase.

Who Can Best Assess the New Assessments?

A recent study reveals that most students understand the need for testing and prefer to do it on a computer — but their parents still have issues.

PresenceLearning Offers Free Webinar on Implementing CCSS for Students With Communication Disorders

“CCSS & Severe Cognitive Disabilities” will take place Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

SETDA Debuts Free Resource for Online Testing Requirements

The State Educational Technology Directors Association has launched a new Web site, The Guide to Technology Requirements, designed to help K-12 leaders understand requirements for online assessments.

Smarter Balanced Asks Educators To Help Set Performance Levels for Online Assessments

At a recent policy-making event, Smarter Balanced’s governing states cemented their support for several key implementation decisions and are calling for help from educators in participating states to help set the four "performance levels" in advance of the first online assessments, slated for the 2014-2015 school year.

Teachscape Debuts New ELA and Common Core Courses for Educators

In an expansion of its online Common Core course offerings, Teachscape is introducing new self-paced courses for educators focusing on English Language Arts and literacy.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Releases Common Core Reading Practice and Assessments Apps

The grade-specific apps for kindergarteners through sixth-graders provide literacy exercises and practice tests aligned to the ELA Common Core State Standards.

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