Insights and news on the Common Core State Standards, December 18, 2013. View as web page.
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States Grapple With Common Test-Score Cutoffs
The push by the assessment consortia to establish high targets for when student are deemed "college ready" risks causing a steep drop in students' results.
(Education Week)
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Privacy Rules for Student Data Approved by State Assessment Group
The PARCC testing group has adopted a new policy that is intended to safeguard personally identifiable information of participating students.
(Curriculum Matters)
Panel Recommends New Breed of Assessments for Science Learning
Experts convened by the National Research Council call for a major shift in science testing to reflect the Next Generation Science Standards adopted by eight states so far.
(Curriculum Matters)

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Tech. Compatibility Certification Set Up for Common-Core Testing
One of the groups building common-core assessments is enacting a process to ensure that tech products are compatible with the tests, including certification of devices in exchange for an annual fee.
(Education Week)
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—Kali Ciesemier Using History to Invigorate Common-Core Lessons
Teachers should draw on historical texts to give life to the literacy objectives of the common-core standards, Stanford University's Sam Wineburg writes.
(Education Week)
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Common Core From a Tribal Perspective
Leaders of the Pueblo of Jemez have adapted the common-core standards to make them more culturally appropriate and educationally effective in their community, writes Kevin Shendo, the pueblo's education director.
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Much Unknown About Testing Companies' Data-Privacy Plans, Report Shows
(Curriculum Matters)
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(District Dossier)
Pearson Foundation to Pay $7.7 Million to Settle N.Y. Claim It Misused Funds
(Marketplace K-12)
Consortium Watch: Kansas Drops Out of Smarter Balanced Testing Group
(Curriculum Matters)
Survey: Districts Heavily Focused on New Tests, Materials, for Common Core
(Curriculum Matters)
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(Curriculum Matters)
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(State EdWatch)
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(State EdWatch)
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