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Policy Issues


Most Americans Have Never Heard of Common Core

Almost two-thirds (62 percent) of Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), according to a recent poll conducted by Phi Delta Kappa International and Gallup.

Florida's PARCC: Cold Feet in a Hot State

It appears that Florida has gotten cold feel with regard to its participation in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Carnegie: States Mostly Mired in 'Carnegie Unit' Practices

Carnegie is questioning the value of dismantling the credit hour — a concept created from its own history. The "Carnegie unit," as it's called, has been used for the last 100-plus years as a "near-universal" metric in high school and higher education to measure a student's progress toward graduation.

States Struggling To Secure Staffing and Resources for Common Core

While 30 states have already begun implementing curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards, many of them are struggling to provide the staffing and resources required to implement CCSS effectively, according to a new report from the Center on Education Policy at The George Washington University.

ED Issues First NCLB Waivers to California Districts

In an unprecedented move, the United States Department of Education has extended waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act directly to eight urban school districts in California.

Avoiding Common Core's Biggest Legal Liabilities

From bandwidth issues to playing nice with assistive technologies, there's a lot that can go wrong in the world of high-stakes online testing. Our new legal columnist shares why it's not just states and testing companies with a lot on the line.

5 Members Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

Five members have been named to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), the organization that oversees and sets policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Wyoming and North Dakota Lock onto Smarter Balanced

Two states have switched their status within the Common Core online assessment consortium.

ED, HHS Award $89 Million in Supplemental RTT Early Learning Challenge Grants

Six states will receive a total of $89 million in supplemental awards from the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant program to fund improvements and "expand access to early learning programs throughout their states," according to the United States Department of Education.

Remaining PARCC States Affirm Commitment, Get on Track for Field Testing

The PARCC consortium is shoring up support for its online assessment program in the face of state desertions, including, most recently, Georgia and Indiana. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia confirmed this week that they are "committed" to field testing the PARCC assessments.

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