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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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Experts say that fiber-optic cable is still the "gold standard" for providing schools with high-speed connections to the Internet, but for many districts, accessing complete fiber networks remains a challenge.
January 14, 2014 - Education Week
High-speed fiber-optic cable is generally regarded as the best vehicle for satisfying schools' huge appetite for more bandwidth, but only about 40 percent of U.S. districts are believed to have access to it.
January 14, 2014 - Education Week
Advocates worry that a wide range of education statutes long overdue for updating will continue to stall amid partisan rancor on Capitol Hill.
January 14, 2014 - Education Week
N.Y.C. Mayor Bill de Blasio's push for universal preschool mirrors efforts by city leaders in San Antonio, Texas, Seattle, Boston, and elsewhere to take the lead on early-childhood education.
January 13, 2014 - Education Week
Five winners, all from the South, are splitting $120 million of the federal grant funding, in the competition that mostly rewarded small and rural districts.
January 6, 2014 - Education Week
School choice options such as vouchers and tax-credit scholarships can complicate per-fiscal planning for local officials.
January 3, 2014 - Quality Counts
School choice options such as vouchers and tax-credit scholarships can complicate per-fiscal planning for local officials.
January 3, 2014 - Quality Counts
Quality Counts 2014 rates states and the nation on key student-performance and finance indicators.
January 3, 2014 - Quality Counts
An activist U.S. Department of Education can prove a complicated partner for school systems that receive money with plenty of strings attached.
January 3, 2014 - Quality Counts
The rise of charter schools can present oversight challenges and put pressure on funding for local school systems.
January 3, 2014 - Quality Counts

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