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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 sequester's 5 percent across-the-board cuts have been particularly hard on schools serving Native students—many of which rely heavily on federal funds.
December 3, 2013 - Education Week
Concerns about the potential cost of providing support staff and hourly employees with health coverage came up at a congressional hearing on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
November 21, 2013 - Education Week
Efforts to make school data more accessible, while controversial, could generate an additional $1 trillion in yearly global economic activity, a McKinsey & Co. analysis claims.
November 12, 2013 - Education Week
Advocates had a hard time selling a proposed $950 million income-tax increase as the vehicle to funnel more money into Colorado public schools.
November 8, 2013 - Education Week
A new report finds that 40 states saw increases in the number of homeless students in the 2011-12 school year—some by 20 percent or more.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
K-12 advocates are hoping a congressional conference committee working to come up with a federal budget solution can stop across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
November 4, 2013 - Education Week
Cash-strapped school districts are asking voters to approve bonds to pay for technology upgrades, a move that could require them to carry debt beyond the lifespan of their devices.
October 29, 2013 - Education Week
A study finds that a school's poverty level is a bigger 'divider' than its location or racial makeup in predicting its students’ college success.
October 22, 2013 - Education Week
A proposed change to Colorado's constitution may test the public's appetite for a retooled school funding formula in an uncertain economic climate.
October 22, 2013 - Education Week
School districts are facing vexing financial and operational questions about how they will comply with the Affordable Care Act, which is leading some school systems to cut employees' work hours.
October 22, 2013 - Education Week

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