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Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., including Nimra Mian, reflected here in an iPad, look at a practice PARCC test to gain familiarity with the format before a field test of exams tied to the common-core standards. The field tests for PARCC and Smarter Balanced began last month, marking an assessment experiment of unprecedented scope.
—Gretchen Ertil for Education Week

Vision, Reality Collide in Common-Core Tests

Political, technical, and financial factors have constrained some of the original, and more ambitious, plans for the assessments being developed by two state coalitions. (April 21, 2014)

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June 3, 2014 - Education Week
The death of a student who got sick at a school with no full-time nurse on duty has renewed a nationwide debate over the need for school nurses—even amid budget cuts.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week
Low-income children in school districts that boosted spending after court-ordered changes were more likely to graduate from high school and have other positive outcomes, according to a new study.
May 29, 2014 - Education Week
An annual report on the status of state preschool programs found that spending rose while enrollment dipped slightly in 2012-13, but high-profile expansions are underway.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
Fueled by a federal "innovation" grant, the initiative aims to improve the academic, socialization, and communications skills of students with severe cognitive and behavioral needs.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
The annual "State of Preschool Yearbook" says the enrollment decline wasn't enough to affect the overall percentage of children served in publicly funded programs.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
In many rural communities, a small but growing number of charters are scrounging for space and competing with regular schools for scarce resources and students.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
To help school leaders facing long-term budget issues, the District Management Council has outlined steps that school districts can take to manage their funds more effectively.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
The plan would increase teacher salaries by 18 percent over nine years, slim the district's teacher-evaluation criteria, and pave the way for a teacher career ladder.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
Inconsistent state funding, charter school costs, debt payments, and education cuts all play a role in the school system's recurring fiscal crises.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week

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