Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment

Department of Defense Education Group Joins PARCC

Even as PARCC has begun offering additional formats for its Common Core state standard-aligned assessments, it has attracted a new member.

PARCC Willing To Unbundle Assessments

The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be customizing its online testing offerings to expand its reach into states outside of the consortium.

Curriculum Associates Debuts Common Core Tools

Curriculum Associates has updated its i-Ready reading, language arts and mathematics program in an effort to provide teachers insight into how well their students understand the Common Core State Standards.

High Stakes Computer Testing Reaches Tipping Point

For the first time ever, most states will be giving their end-of-year, high-stakes tests in elementary and middle school via technology other than pencil and paper.

As Results Trickle In, State Ed Leaders Build Case for Sticking with PARCC

Now that results are being released for last spring's Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments, state education representatives face the challenge of explaining what the bad news means to their constituents. Some states may choose to stick with their own assessments, which show better results. In other places, leaders are holding tight and educating the public about why their states need to reboot their expectations for student learning.

Innovator: Bringing Blended Learning to Common Core

This month's innovator, Lisa Manross, discusses the value of blended and flipped learning in the context of Common Core.

SAT Essay Losing Steam Among Admissions Officers

University admissions officers are ho-hum about the essay question. According to a survey of 300 colleges and universities, only a handful of them will expect applicants to submit their score from the new SAT's essay section.

Mitigating DDoS Attacks to Reduce Testing Outages

DDoS attacks are regularly launched on school systems to expose student records and hold information hostage. More often, DDoS attacks cause testing outages.

Teaching Common Core Math to K–2 Students

Lori Woods, an instructional support teacher at Greenbrook Elementary in South Brunswick, New Jersey, discusses her approach to teaching CCSS-aligned math to her youngest learners.

Learning Upgrade Adds Elementary English Courses

Each of the standards-aligned courses for grades 3 through 5 is designed by educators and includes songs, video and games.

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