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Tennessee lawmakers discuss Common Core compromise plan

Tennessee lawmakers discuss Common Core compromise plan Associated Press Posted April 13, 2014 at 8:07 p.m., updated April 14, 2014 at 12:28 a.m. PHOTO BY ERIK SCHELZIG “I think we all agree that there should be more opportunity to consider alternatives to PARCC, or at least to put PARCC out for bid,” said Senate Majority Leader [...]

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Students are test-driving new Common Core exams. You can too

APRIL 10, 2014 Students are test-driving new Common Core exams. You can too By Sarah GarlandMillions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next year in states that have adopted the standards. The main reason for the trial run is to see if [...]

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Commission: Early Childhood Investment Key to Healthier America

Commission: Early Childhood Investment Key to Healthier America By Christina Samuels on January 13, 2014 8:00 AM Investing in early childhood through high-quality preschool programs and community support programs is an essential element to creating a more healthy country, says a commission convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to health issues. The report, Time [...]

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New school year brings heightened focus on reading

New school year brings heightened focus on reading Kristyna Wentz-Graff Kindergarten teacher Cassie Kerber (left) works with Eriel Evans, 5, (center) and Kaniya Batton, 6, in a literacy unit in their class at the Next Door Foundation in Milwaukee. Early-childhood literacy has taken on greater emphasis in Wisconsin schools this year as new, higher standards [...]

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Most Students Aren’t Ready for College, ACT Data Show

Published Online: August 21, 2013 Most Students Aren’t Ready for College, ACT Data Show   By Caralee J. Adams Premium article access courtesy of Edweek.org. Most students are not adequately prepared to face the rigor of college, according to the latest ACT scores, which also show that the average composite score on the college-entrance exam [...]

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A Look at ELL Performance So Far on Common-Core-Aligned Tests

Lesli A. Maxwell Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S. schools. A Look at ELL Performance So Far on Common-Core-Aligned Tests By Lesli A. Maxwell on August 9, 2013 5:12 PM Student performance [...]

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State Education Department Releases Grades 3-8 Assessment Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 7, 2013 For More Information Contact: Tom Dunn, Jonathan Burman, or Antonia Valentine (518) 474-1201 www.nysed.gov State Education Department Releases Grades 3-8 Assessment Results State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. today released the results of the April 2013 grades 3-8 math and English Language Arts (ELA) assessments. This year’s state [...]

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Louisiana students earn most Advanced Placement credits in state’s history

Louisiana students earn most Advanced Placement credits in state’s history By Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  Follow on Twitter on July 30, 2013 at 7:09 PM, updated July 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM Louisiana high school students earned college credit on 5,144 Advanced Placement exams in 2013 — the largest number in the state’s history. The [...]

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Charter schools multiplying

July 26, 2013 at 10:13 am Charter schools multiplying in Mich. Purchase Image Oakside in Waterford is part of the new wave of state charter schools. It opens next month. (Max Ortiz/The Detroit News) Sara McClendon wasn’t satisfied with her daughter’s public school, and she never expected to enroll her at a charter school. But [...]

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States Ponder Costs of Common Tests

Published Online: July 23, 2013 States Ponder Costs of Common Tests By Catherine Gewertz Premium article access courtesy of Edweek.org. Read more FREE content! With yesterday’s news that PARCC tests will cost $29.50 per student, all states in the two federally funded common-assessment consortia now have estimates of what the new tests will cost. And they’re sorting out how—and [...]

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