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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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Schools and districts are looking for ways to do more with less when it comes to technology. This Spotlight explores how information technology professionals and educators can rise to the challenge.

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Despite the threat of court sanctions and a September deadline, Washington state officials say there's little chance lawmakers will be called back this summer to alter the state's K-12 funding system.
June 19, 2014 - Education Week
Districts might believe that personalized learning follows directly from major technology purchases, but the reality tends to show otherwise.
June 18, 2014 - Teacher
California school districts would see their share of teacher-pension costs more than double to nearly 20 percent under a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
The city district's attempt to promote new school models and spread promising new practices is at risk of being overwhelmed by a massive funding shortfall.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
Schools are turning to online courses to protect district revenues, build blended learning curricula, and prepare students to succeed in a digital world.
June 9, 2014 - Education Week
Nearly four years after winning its Race to the Top grant, Georgia still has a rocky climb to the education-redesign summit outlined in the state's application for the federal grant program.
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
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

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