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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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The school district, along with the local teachers' union, has worked to transform the traditional pay schedule into one emphasizing professional accomplishments over credentials and seniority.
August 25, 2014 - Education Week
A shakeup at StudentsFirst puts the spotlight on similar organizations as they look to balance their broader profiles with local advocacy and coalition building.
August 25, 2014 - Education Week
Renewal of the higher education law offers a rare change for bipartisan cooperation in Congress, even as the House and Senate are charting different courses.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
The new budget gives teachers an average increase of 7 percent in the coming year, but radically revamps the existing salary schedule in a way some veterans don’t like.
August 13, 2014 - Education Week
Despite frustrations, the state's new school funding structure is winning praise for providing more money and spending autonomy for schools serving needy students.
August 8, 2014 - Education Week
Three reports highlight differences in how much districts spend, what they get in return, and how government policies exacerbate disparities.
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
In a year when 46 states will hold legislative elections and 36 will select governors, state lawmakers pushed ahead on education priorities such as pre-K, teacher evaluations, and funding formulas.
August 4, 2014 - Education Week
With hundreds of millions of dollars left in the Obama administration's signature education-redesign program, here's a look at how much grant money the 12 biggest winners still have in their coffers.
July 24, 2014 - Education Week
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's recent $120 million gift to San Francisco Bay Area public schools is no panacea—just ask Newark, writes Frederick M. Hess.
July 16, 2014 - Education Week
Report is the third post mortem on last year's closures, which shut down 49 schools and affected nearly 12,000 students.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week

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