Debate Persists Around Early-Reading Standards - Education Week

New papers rehash debates around whether the common-core reading standards represent—or discourage—"developmentally appropriate" teaching practice for young children. Read More

Math Groups Criticize EdReports Book Reviews - Education Week

The Consumer Reports-style reviews of common-core instructional materials posted by EdReports.org are incomplete, contain errors, and misrepresent what’s important in the common standards, two national groups of math educators contend. Read More

State Teachers of the Year Defend the Common Core

Thousands of Scorers Take On the Common-Core Tests - Education Week

Some 42,000 highly trained raters will score 109 million test responses in English/language arts and math in the biggest and most controversial student-assessment project in history. Read More

New Candidates Join Field of GOP White House Hopefuls - Education Week

Three new Republican candidates have tossed their hats into the ring for the 2016 presidential contest: Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee. Read More

New Read-Aloud Strategies Transform Story Time - Education Week

Under the common core, teachers use new questioning techniques to help the youngest students learn to draw evidence from what they read. Read More

Should 3rd Grade Be the Pivot Point for Early Reading? - Education Week

New research calls into question the widespread practice of retaining students in 3rd grade based on their reading proficiency. Read More

Common Core or Something Else? A Map of State Academic Standards - Education Week

This U.S. map shows which states are using the Common Core State Standards and which are not. Read More

School-Leader-Licensure Standards Lose Their Punch

Common-Core Materials Penetrate Every State - Education Week

Even teachers in states that never adopted the standards are downloading common-core-aligned curricula for their classrooms. Read More

School-Leader-Licensure Standards Lose Their Punch - Education Week

State Teachers of the Year Defend the Common Core - Education Week

Tough Choices for PARCC as States Drop Out - Education Week

The number of states still officially part of the common-core testing consortium is half of what it once was, and that poses challenges, especially when it comes to costs. Read More

Common Core, Money Matters Fuel Debates in State Elections - Education Week

The education policy stakes surrounding races in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi are high and could have an impact on the national discussion about common core. Read More

Polls Reveal Nuanced Views on K-12 - Education Week

The latest opinions polls from PDK/Gallup and Education Next gauge public sentiment on a range of heated education issues, including common-core standards, standardized testing, and school choice. Read More

Nearly Half of States Hit Assessment Snooze Button - Education Week

The U.S. Department of Education gave states transitioning to new tests the option to "pause" state-level accountability last school year to give schools breathing room as they adjusted to new tests and standards. Read More

Slicing the K-12 Data on Governors Running for White House - Education Week

It can be tough to draw a clear line between the policies a governor pushed while in office and improvements in student achievement, researchers say. Read More

Classwork Found Lacking in Standards Content - Education Week

In addition to examining whether tasks were aligned to grade-appropriate literacy standards, a research and advocacy group looked at how cognitively challenging the tasks were. Read More

Lesson-Sharing Sites Raise Issues of Ownership, Use - Education Week

Key sources of common-core related PD, online lesson sites for teachers come with fine-print complexities. Read More

Math-Modeling PD Takes Teachers Beyond the Common Core - Education Week

A pilot professional-development program funded by the National Science Foundation introduces elementary school teachers to a method of advanced problem-solving. Read More

N.Y.C. Pushes to Meet Promise of Universal Pre-K - Education Week

Amid some growing pains for its new full-day prekindergarten program, the city has ramped up outreach efforts and more than tripled the number of sets from two years ago. Read More

California Set to Adopt Literacy Materials Tied to Common Core - Education Week

The largest of the common-core adoption states is poised to approve 25 of the 29 materials submitted by publishers. Read More

State Tests Due Fresh Scrutiny as Peer Review Relaunches - Education Week

Process provides Ed. Dept. powerful tool for oversight Read More

Gates Reaffirms K-12 Priorities Amid Shifting Political Landscape - 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. Read More

Few States Require Rigorous Courses for Graduation - Education Week

High school graduation rates in the United States have hit historic highs, with the most recent numbers from the U.S. Department of Education showing that more than 80 percent of students from the class of 2013 graduated on time. Read More

Drop in U.S. Math, Reading Scores Prompts Blame Game - Education Week

A variety of culprits are being cited as the cause of a sudden drop in NAEP scores, but experts recommend caution. Read More

Ed. Dept. Charts Course Toward Scaled-Back Testing - Education Week

New principles aim to bolster states and districts in reducing the number of tests students take, while assuring high-quality assessments. Read More

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