Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment

Yuma District Plans Massive Personalized Learning Campaign

Following the successful passage of a $4.8-million bond issue in November, the Yuma Elementary School District 1 in Yuma, AZ, is planning a personalized learning program that the district hopes will enhance educational opportunities for all of its 9,000 K-8 students.

Report: Teacher Leadership Is Key to Common Core Success

A new report from the Center for American Progress examines districts throughout the country where collaboration between management and unions has given teachers a meaningful voice in implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Santa Clara USD Adopts Math Curriculum for Embedded PD

The Santa Clara Unified School District has selected a Web-based mathematics curriculum for students in grades K-5 in an effort to provide professional development designed for the curriculum and improve parent understanding of student instruction.

Report: California Voters Back Common Core

A majority of voters, 67 percent, polled in California support the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll from Children Now. Respondents also showed greater support for many provisions of the standards when asked directly about them without mentioning the Common Core.

LAUSD 'Extremely Dissatisfied' with Pearson and Apple, Demands Refund

The story of Los Angeles Unified School District's beleaguered $1.3 billion 1-to-1 iPad program has taken a new twist: The district is now demanding a refund from Apple and has told the company it will not spend any more money on the Pearson software installed on the devices.

Colleges in 6 States Will Now Use Smarter Balanced Scores as Part of Placement

High school students who take the Smarter Balanced exam in six states can now use their scores as evidence that they are ready for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses and do not need to take remedial courses. Almost 200 colleges and universities in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington have agreed to accept Smarter Balanced scores.

5 Tech Tools That Support Common Core State Standards

With online testing underway in many states, we look at the hardware and software that districts are using to teach to the new standards.

PARCC Selects Open Source Platform for Non-Summative Assessments

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has selected TAO, an open assessment platform from Open Assessment Technologies, to deliver non-summative Common Core assessments.

NCLB Draft Rewrite Reduces Stakes of Standardized Testing, Brings Major Changes to Federal Ed Policy

The proposed law would require states to create their own accountability systems and bar the federal government from incentivizing states to adopt specific standards, such as the Common Core State Standards.

Report: Most Americans Support Concepts Behind Common Core

Most Americans support the basic concepts behind the Common Core, even if many do not know what the Common Core State Standards are, according to a new survey from the Leadership Conference Education Fund.