Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment

AYP Gets the Boot in Every Child Achieves Act

The potential successor to No Child Left Behind — the Every Child Achieves Act — passed in the United States Senate Thursday in a bipartisan vote of 81-17. This bill is a proposed replacement for the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which funds public education in this country.

Arkansas Board of Education Votes to Drop PARCC

Governor Asa Hutchinson lauded the board's vote, saying that it had “reached a final decision that I think is best for our students and teachers over the long term. It provides stability and aligns Arkansas with a nationally recognized testing system.”

Ohio Renounces PARCC

Ohio has become the latest state to bail out of PARCC, one of the two major state consortia focused on developing Common Core assessments. That leaves just 10 states, plus the District of Columbia, as participants.

Robots Help K-5 Students Learn About Coding Through Core Subjects

Wonder Workshop has introduced 21 lesson plans intended to help educators use robots Dash, Dot and Blocky to teach coding to their youngest students.

Free Statewide E-Portfolio Program Ends

The dream that was sustaining the first free state-wide e-portfolio initiative, which heralded great promise in Minnesota, has officially died. Users received e-mail in the last week of May announcing that free e-portfolios were being discontinued and that existing users would have to pay an annual subscription fee of $10 to keep their accounts active.

Ohio District Eliminates 102 Reading and Math Assessments by Using i-Ready

Plain Local School District has been working with the i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction and Ready programs from Curriculum Associates for a couple of school years. In that time, the school system has reported that it has been able to eliminate dozens of assessments in its K-8 schools.

How Washington Is Using OERs to Support Common Core

Karl Nelson is the director of the Digital Learning Department for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. In this Q&A, he talks about how his state is using open educational resources to help support Common Core State Standards.

Curriculum Associates Adds Close Reading Lessons for Grades 3-5

Curriculum Associates has updated its online i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction program with new close reading lessons for students in grades 3-5.

OpenEd Expands its Assessment Bank

The company, which currently has 725,019 assessments, homework assignments, videos and lesson plans in its library, recently added questions from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Assess2Know Benchmark Item Bank and Higher Learning Technology (HLT).

Districts in Illinois and Wisconsin Deploy Lexia Reading Core5

The program is designed to provide a personalized learning path for each student, including scaffolding and explicit instruction that supports students if they struggle.