Is education one market or two? Karen Billings shares the findings of SIIA surveys.
- By Karen Billings
A new report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic shows that almost all teachers are aware of the Common Core State Standards and the majority of those in states adopting the standards are enthusiastic about the implementation.
ASCD is kicking off a new series of Common Core training for educators beginning in November.
As new assessments are rolled out, concerned parents will want to know why their kids' scores have decreased. Here's how educators can explain the change and highlight the positive aspects of the new standards.
- By Kristen Swanson
The national discussion around Common Core is off base. Instead of focusing on test scores, teacher accountability and federal takeovers, policymakers need to put their efforts behind supporting teachers to improve teaching practices and ultimately improve student learning, according to a report released this month.
New data has called into question the legitimacy of high stakes tests given by states, calling breakdowns in quality control "near commonplace," even as test results affect whether or not students are able to graduate or advance to the next grade.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Almost two-thirds (62 percent) of Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), according to a recent poll conducted by Phi Delta Kappa International and Gallup.
While 30 states have already begun implementing curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards, many of them are struggling to provide the staffing and resources required to implement CCSS effectively, according to a new report from the Center on Education Policy at The George Washington University.
In states that have adopted Common Core State Standards, most state education agencies foresee proceeding with implementation in the 2013-2014 school year as planned, despite growing pressures from within schools and from outside the education system.
State School Superintendent John Barge and Governor Nathan Deal have announced that Georgia is withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium and plans to develop its own standardized tests.
Senate President Don Gaetz and Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford have issued a joint letter to Tony Bennett, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education, recommending withdrawal from the assessment program proposed by the national academic consortium Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has provided new details regarding its field testing plans.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
More than three quarters, 81 percent, of K-12 IT professionals believe Common Core State Standards will have a positive effect on their district, according to a new report by CDW-G.
Learning.com has released Inquiry, a new project-based online learning curriculum designed to support Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for kindergarten through grade 8.
Project RED co-author Tom Greaves examines the impact and opportunities as companies prepare for the Common Core State Standards.
Troup County School System in Georgia has deployed new laptops and desktop computers at all 20 of its schools. According to a news release, the new computers are intended to help the district's students and teachers prepare to meet Common Core State Standards.
Given the unique challenges faced by preK-3 teachers, teacher effectiveness at those levels should not be evaluated on student reading and math achievement alone but should also account for how young children actually learn, according to a new report.
Professional Educators of Tennessee, a statewide membership organization for teachers, administrators, and non-certified staff from kindergarten through graduate levels, will host a professional development conference focused on Common Core Standards June 22. Leader U 2013 will take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Franklin, TN.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has released blueprints and test specifications for its English and math assessments. The documents are intended to help teachers prepare students for the new online assessments that will begin in 2014-2015.
Even as some states begin pushing back against Common Core State Standards, the state of Alaska has signed on as an "advisory" member with one of the two consortia responsible for developing CCSS assessments. But the move does not signal that Alaska will adopt Common Core State Standards.
Will the new state standards push more districts to start using open educational resources?
- By John K. Waters
The National Center on Education Statistics, the primary federal agency in charge of collecting and analyzing data related to education, has just awarded several multi-million dollar contracts to five education and testing companies as part of a five-year contract to administer the next generation of assessments for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Education software company Kno has debuted Advance, a new platform that can convert PDFs and other flat document files into interactive electronic textbooks at no cost.
Up to now, test makers have been the dog--and education has been the tail. But the test makers are increasingly out of touch with students who use mobile devices for everything including learning. The dog is, finally & rightfully so, becoming the tail.
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
If you thought teacher evaluations were a challenge, welcome to the new federal requirements for evaluating principals and superintendents.