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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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From technology to curricular materials and testing tools, the common-core standards are having considerable influence on K-12 spending decisions.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
Funding changes will pour more money into Kansas schools in a bid to satisfy a state supreme court ruling on aid.
April 15, 2014 - Education Week
A bipartisan bill to encourage states and districts to increase the number of high-quality charter schools wins approval from a U.S. House of Representatives panel.
April 15, 2014 - Education Week
Advocates see a state budget deal pouring money into preschool as a big win for the city, though other parts of the state may be less poised to take advantage.
April 7, 2014 - Education Week
William J. Sims suggests shifting 1 percent of the federal defense budget and applying it to teacher training and quality.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
With its NCLB waiver in hot water with the U.S. Department of Education, Washington state could end up showing what happens if a state loses that flexibility.
March 24, 2014 - Education Week
Politicians and K-12 advocates in a number of states are wrangling over mandates for education aid, even as the Kansas funding system gets struck down by that state’s high court.
March 21, 2014 | Updated: March 27, 2014 - Education Week
New federal regulatory guidance that allows charter schools to hold weighted admissions lotteries in favor of disadvantaged students could make a long-term impact on charter enrollments.
March 20, 2014 - Education Week
Districts and states would get federal incentive grants to help bridge the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their more advantaged peers under a federal budget plan that faces an uphill climb on Capitol Hill.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
All three of the newly approved schools will feature project-based learning, push students to learn outside the walls of traditional classrooms, and incorporate online education.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week

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