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State Solidarity Erodes on Common-Core Tests

An Education Week survey of every state finds that only 21 still plan to use the shared tests designed for the Common Core State Standards. (March 22, 2016)

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An international study finds that the U.S. has fewer low-performers in science on the PISA but not so for math or reading.
February 16, 2016 - Education Week
Teacher Kimberly Long shares how educators can use students' formative and summative data to make powerful changes in the classroom for a dynamic learning environment.
February 10, 2016 - Teacher
Rather than importing education strategies from abroad, states should look closer to home, write Martin Carnoy, Emma Garcia, and Tatiana Khavenson.
February 9, 2016 - Education Week
Many states rely too heavily on standardized testing, open their doors too easily to charters and vouchers, and fall short in supporting teachers, the Network for Public Education says.
February 9, 2016 - Education Week
A pair of studies show that states’ math and English tests are getting tougher and tougher to pass.
February 9, 2016 - Education Week
As the U.S. Department of Education prepares to craft regulations putting the Every Student Succeeds Act into effect, advocates and policymakers offer differing visions for the path forward.
February 8, 2016 - Education Week
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers acknowledged the discrepancies in scores between its paper and computer exams in response to questions from Education Week.
February 3, 2016 - Education Week
Despite the rise of the testing opt-out movement, states are still on the hook to assure that 95 percent of eligible students take state exams in English/language arts and math.
January 26, 2016 - Education Week
If all states decide to go along with the lower cutoff score, an estimated 25,000 more test-takers could be eligible for a GED credential.
January 26, 2016 - Education Week
Students who never passed the required high school exit exam are getting their diplomas under new laws passed in at least six states.
January 26, 2016 - Education Week

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