Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment

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.

'Honesty Gap' Misleads Parents and Educators on Student Proficiency

According to a new report from education organization Achieve, disparities in student proficiency between state tests for English language arts (ELA) and math and the ones issued by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) can vary widely — by as much as 60 percentage points.

PARCC States To Shorten Tests

PARCC's governing board recently voted to consolidate the two testing windows into one and to reduce the total amount of testing time by about 90 minutes.

5 Online Resources to Help Teach Kindergarteners CCSS-Aligned Math

This list of online resources is by no means 100 percent comprehensive, but it’s a great place to get started for teachers exploring the Counting and Cardinality domain of the Common Core State Standards.

Harvard Graduate School of Ed Debuts Free Online Library of Student Work

The Harvard Graduate School of Education has launched the Center for Student Work, an online collection of exemplary student projects.

Learning Upgrade Releases New Math Lessons for Kindergarteners

The 50 lessons, each with music, games and video, will be available to schools that take advantage of Learning Upgrade’s complimentary summer school licenses.

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.