The Latest in Common Core

  • Gates Foundation Funds 19 Networks for School Improvement

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made what it's calling a "down payment" on an ambitious effort "to help tens of thousands of students get the education they deserve."

  • Gates Foundation Takes Ed Data Focus International

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its latest "Goalkeepers Report" pushed for greater use of assessment data in education, pointing to success in Vietnam, which has proven to be an outlier in math, reading and science test scores. Goalkeepers is a campaign for tracking progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

  • New Hampshire Joins ESSA Innovative Assessments Pilot

    The United States Department of Education has accepted New Hampshire's plan to join a pilot program for alternative student assessments under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Policy Update

  • Teachers Go Online More in Era of Common Core

    It has been nine years since a group of governors and state school chiefs adopted the Common Core State Standards. A new report from RAND Corp. asked the question, have the standards — or their alternative versions in some states — changed what American teachers "think and do"?

  • Bill Suggests Michigan Virtual Grow into Blended Research Hub

    Two decades after its founding, a virtual school in Michigan legislated into existence faces an expansion of its mandate to include research. Michigan Virtual has long delivered courses to middle and high school students. Now, the organization might also become a hub for online educational experimentation.

  • Library Afterschool Tech Programs Receive Funding Shot

    The grants, which can range up to $40,000, are intended to help fund after-school programs for middle and high school students — especially those at risk — to develop expertise in the use of technology, along with "life skills," such as goal setting, conflict resolution and effective communication.

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