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Q&A: An Early Opt-Out Talks About School Without Tests

Twelve years after opting their children out of testing, Fred and Catherine Hamel interview their daughter on her experience. (June 9, 2015)

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The pressure is on as educators—especially those new to the classroom—toggle between leftover requirements from Tennessee's retired standards and those imposed by the common core.
April 9, 2015 - Education Week
Next spring's round of assessments will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards, but the test-developer's tight time frame poses challenges.
April 9, 2015 - Education Week
Eleven former teachers and administrators were found guilty of racketeering for conspiring to change answers or guide students to correct responses on a 2009 state test.
April 2, 2015 - Education Week
Those seeking to quantify the effect of Title I aid on the achievement of poor children face a number of hurdles stemming from the nature of the program itself.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
A flurry of parents seeking to opt their children out of new common-core-aligned assessments has some states asking federal officials to clarify test-participation mandates.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
School choice, a state-run district, teacher evaluations, and K-12 funding are among the issues facing legislators now in the midst of their biennial session.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
Learning takes time, so rushing children to finish assignments is not the answer, writes speech-language pathologist Rebecca Givens Rolland.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
A New Jersey high school student who posted a tweet about a question on a common-core test has unintentionally sparked a national controversy.
March 30, 2015 - Education Week
Arizona and North Dakota require high school students to correctly answer portions of the test to graduate, and other states are weighing such a mandate.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
March 24, 2015 - Education Week

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