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A variety of culprits are being cited as the cause of a sudden drop in NAEP scores, but experts recommend caution.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
New principles aim to bolster states and districts in reducing the number of tests students take, while assuring high-quality assessments.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
An in-depth review of testing in the nation's largest urban school districts concludes assessments are redundant, misaligned with standards, and often don’t address mastery of specific content.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
Teacher effectiveness and common academic standards remain front and center for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, even as the Obama administration, which shares those priorities, prepares to enter its last full year.
October 14, 2015 – Education Week
Common-core test outcomes should serve as indicators for assessing student needs, argue Joshua Starr and Elaine Weiss.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education has relaunched one of the most powerful tools it wields over states' academic standards and assessments: the "peer review" process that had been suspended for three years.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
The largest of the common-core adoption states is poised to approve 25 of the 29 materials submitted by publishers.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
A pilot professional-development program funded by the National Science Foundation introduces elementary school teachers to a method of advanced problem-solving.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
A number of new PD initiatives aim to help teachers elicit more complex responses and interpretations from students.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
Key sources of common-core related PD, online lesson sites for teachers come with fine-print complexities.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week

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