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It's time to rethink and reduce the current courseloads schools require. The current curricula are overstuffed, writes David J. Ferrero
July 20, 2018 – Education Week
Five years after the Next Generation Science Standards were rolled out, curricular options for teaching them have been slow to materialize.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week
States should not use the SAT or ACT to measure high school achievement because those exams don’t fully reflect states' academic standards, and could distort what's taught in the classroom, according to a paper released Tuesday by Achieve.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
A Florida study urges caution in taking advantage of ESSA's new flexibility on state testing.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
Three simple questions could modernize classroom instruction and correct the past mistakes of the standards movement, writes educator Jenny Froehle.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week
Here's a look at how things have turned out on several key campaign pledges a year after Trump's upset presidential victory.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
The first review of revised academic standards in 24 states finds that, even with the changes, most states are maintaining key features of the Common Core State Standards.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week
The New York State Board of Regents approved a replacement for the common-core learning standards after two years of development, and it seems to be mostly popular with educators and administrators.
September 14, 2017 – McClatchy-Tribune
Many "good" schools are just skating by on their students' privileged backgrounds and family resources, writes Karin Chenoweth.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
High school graduation requirements are inconsistent and often lax, writes the national policy director of Students for Education Reform.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week

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