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Opponents of the Common Core State Standards take aim at assessments aligned to the standards, seeing them as a weak link that may slow the common core's momentum.
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Board Cuts Back on Several NAEP Tests in Response to Budget Cuts
(August 2, 2013, Inside School Research Blog)
Fla. Students Allege Race Discrimination in Testing
(August 2, 2013, Associated Press)
Pennsylvania Stays In Consortia, But Won't Use Tests
(August 2, 2013, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Growth of Teacher-Evaluation Systems Fuels Tech Company's Rise
(August 2, 2013, Digital Education Blog)
ELL Advocates Call for PARCC Tests in Spanish
(August 5, 2013, Learning the Language Blog)

Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant
(August 5, 2013, Education Futures Blog)
Why the Common Core Became a Political Football
(August 5, 2013, Rick Hess Straight Up Blog)
Tony Bennett's Day of Reckoning Has Come
(August 2, 2013, Living in Dialogue Blog)
Classroom Observations Are Not About Compliance
(August 5, 2013, Finding Common Ground Blog)
Teach America's Youngest a Second Language
(August 5, 2013, John Wilson Unleashed Blog)

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