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May 22, 2018
From an ‘F’ to an ‘A’, Tennessee now sets high expectations for students, says Harvard study
Tennessee stands out in a new national report examining how the exodus from Common Core has changed states' expectations for their students.
a new standard
May 14, 2018
Here’s what annoyed high school students most about the switch to Common Core
Group work. Also this: “Do you want me to learn it? Or do you want me to stare at the problem?”
not so fast
April 23, 2018
Why Tennessee legislators share blame, too, for TNReady testing headaches
In 2014, the legislature voted to pull out abruptly from a multi-state testing partnership, which set the stage for TNReady.
March 19, 2018
Hopson promises more flexibility as Memphis school leaders clear the air with teachers on new curriculum
Though he didn't have specifics, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said teachers should not feel like they need to read from a script to meet district requirements.
Set up to fail
March 8, 2018
The Detroit school district has been using a curriculum that’s ‘an injustice to the children of Detroit’ — but it’s not alone.
Experts say that Detroit is among hundreds — possibly thousands — of districts across the country that are using textbooks and educational materials that are not aligned to state standards.
February 6, 2018
With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory
The Gates Foundation has a new plan intended to help public schools: improve the materials that teachers use to teach. But that may run into some challenges.
January 26, 2018
Colorado students would have to do science to learn it under new standards
A standards review committee has recommended Colorado adopt a modified version of Next Generation Science Standards. That could mean a big change in the classroom.
January 17, 2018
This Betsy DeVos-inspired Twitter thread recounts the ups and downs (but mostly ups) of one school’s Common Core shift
A former New York City teacher says the standards prompted anything but a disaster at his school.
a closer look
January 16, 2018
Fact-check: Weighing 7 claims from Betsy DeVos’s latest speech, from Common Core to PISA scores
Fact-checking seven claims that DeVos made during a recent speech.
DeVos on offense
January 16, 2018
DeVos criticizes Bush-Obama policies, saying it’s time to overhaul conventional schooling
One era of federal involvement in education is over, Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, in some of her most expansive public remarks since taking over the department last year.
State Report Card
January 10, 2018
New in Tennessee: one-stop shopping for the latest school data
Tennessee releases its new State Report Card online, complete with TNReady scores from the first year of completed testing for all grades.
November 14, 2017
Common Core tests were supposed to usher in a new era of comparing America’s schools. What happened?
It's difficult to make detailed comparisons across states as a potent mix of technical challenges, privacy concerns and political calculations have kept the data siloed.
October 3, 2017
After a two-year gap, Tennessee is about to release test scores for grade-schoolers. Here’s what to expect.
A significant void in test score data will start to be filled with this week's release of statewide TNReady scores for grades 3-8.
Meet the new standards
September 11, 2017
‘Common Core’ no more: New York moves to adopt revised standards with new name
The state Board of Regents voted in committee Monday to replace the Common Core standards with the "Next Generation Learning Standards."
August 2, 2017
An unexpected effect of the Common Core: facilitating Jared Kushner’s political awakening
Kushner said hearing criticism of the Common Core on the campaign trail made him "explore my positions."
July 27, 2017
Tennessee high schoolers post higher test scores, but some subjects remain a struggle
The increases were modest on average, but sharp for some of the students who have historically struggled most.
July 26, 2017
Why Tennessee’s high school test scores, out this week, matter more — and less — than usual
The statewide scores will kick off the second year of results for TNReady, the state's standardized test.
June 26, 2017
Common Core is out. Tennessee Academic Standards are in. Here’s how teachers are prepping for the change.
About 6,000 teachers get a two-day crash course on changes in math and English language arts standards that will reach Tennessee classrooms this fall.
June 9, 2017
Colorado is re-examining its academic standards. Will it avoid the political turmoil seen in other states?
Colorado’s standards update, which is required by state law, opens up the possibility of another round of public debate on the value of the academic standards.
May 9, 2017
TNReady took almost twice as long as Tennessee tests in 2012. Here’s why.
Elementary and middle school students took about eight hours of end-of-year tests this year, an amount consistent with national trends toward longer tests.
I [heart] NY
May 9, 2017
New York state gives Common Core a makeover — and a new name
The state's learning standards will be renamed the Next Generation English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards.
I can't believe it's not common core
May 2, 2017
New York heads toward finish line on Common Core replacement
These revisions build on a draft set of standards released in September and include practices to improve reading and writing habits.
March 30, 2017
In final year of Common Core, Tennessee teachers can use practice test questions from PARCC
As TNReady testing approaches in mid-April, teachers are looking for practice questions to prep their students for the state's revamped assessment.
January 24, 2017
Colorado begins review of academic standards after years of avoiding Common Core controversy
While Colorado lawmakers have introduced legislation to force the state to drop the Common Core in previous years, their efforts were futile.
year in review
December 21, 2016
Ten stories defining Tennessee public education in 2016
From testing and standards to school funding and bus safety, Tennessee has navigated a tumultuous and historic year.
December 12, 2016
Your guide to district- and school-level TNReady scores
Tennessee soon will release district- and school-level scores from the state’s new, and supposedly harder, standardized test.
November 23, 2016
Trump ed sec pick Betsy DeVos on the Common Core: ‘I am not a supporter — period’
Betsy DeVos wants to clear something up: She definitely doesn’t like the Common Core standards.
What's in a name?
November 22, 2016
‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Common Core’: Chalkbeat readers’ suggestions for naming New York’s learning standards
Chalkbeat readers started nominating their own suggestions for renaming New York's learning standards.
you name it
November 21, 2016
‘Common Core’ is out of style. Could the ‘I [heart] NY Standards’ be in?
A group is floating ideas for Common Core replacement names, including the "Empire State Learning Standards" and "New York's Academic Standards."
November 3, 2016
Tennessee is about to release its first TNReady scores. Here’s what to expect.
On Friday, Tennessee will release its first batch of scores from its new standardized test. Here are four things we know.
October 28, 2016
You’ve heard what Buzzfeed thinks about Tennessee’s social studies standards. Here’s what teachers say.
Despite some public backlash about proposed new social studies standards, many Tennessee teachers welcome the changes.
October 19, 2016
When you’re in charge of testing in a Colorado school district and your daughter wants to opt out
A Colorado school district official believes that state tests can be a force for equity, but says test-makers are failing their customers.
Doing the math
October 19, 2016
Trying to sort out Tennessee’s new math standards? These educators are doing it for you.
The new Mid-Cumberland Math Consortium uses the collective brain power of Middle Tennessee educators to work through common challenges to math instruction.
October 12, 2016
Been waiting to sound off on New York’s Common Core revisions? You have an extra 10 days
Facing what they called high demand to review the state’s proposed changes to the Common Core, officials extended the comment deadline until Nov. 14.
October 7, 2016
UFT President Michael Mulgrew criticizes Common Core revisions
“We’re not happy with what we’ve seen so far,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said about the state's revisions to Common Core.
October 6, 2016
Teachers explain how Common Core changes could impact their classrooms
How would the Common Core revisions affect classrooms across New York state? To find out, we turned to the experts: teachers.
funding fight continues
October 3, 2016
Have supporters of a lawsuit demanding billions in school funds finally found their moment?
The fight continues to increase school funds under the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.
September 22, 2016
5 Memphis high schools get a Common Core boost, even as the standards are set to disappear
Shelby County Schools is experimenting with a curriculum that New York State developed to help educators there teach to the shared standards.
changes to the core
September 21, 2016
New York state recommends changes to over half the Common Core learning standards
New York state released a draft of its revised learning standards, which officials say show substantial changes from the Common Core.
why the jump?
August 4, 2016
What caused New York City’s state test scores to jump?
There's been a lot of debate about a big increase in state test scores. Here are the competing theories about why the city and state saw a big spike in ELA scores.
August 3, 2016
If state tests keep changing, should they still be used to judge struggling schools?
State test scores are not an "apples-to-apples" comparison to last year's assessments but those scores are still being used to judge progress in struggling schools.
July 29, 2016
Educators and advocates weigh in on New York State test scores
The New York State Education Department's release of grades 3-8 test scores brought a flurry of responses from across the political spectrum.
July 19, 2016
The state is tinkering with Regents exam scores, but advocates say that means prior test-takers lose out
Advocates say changes to Regents Algebra scale scores could put students who took the test in 2014 or 2015 at a disadvantage.
Signed and sealed
May 31, 2016
Tennessee awards two testing contracts as it searches for TNReady successor
Two firms that have received smaller testing contracts this spring could be in the hunt for the state’s biggest job.
April 27, 2016
Why Colorado’s testing opt-out movement could struggle to build on 2015’s big numbers
Fewer tests, less political rancor and other factors may dim opt-out momentum this spring.
April 25, 2016
Sen. Lamar Alexander on the nation’s new education law, and how it could shape Tennessee schools
Tennessee's senior senator says the goal of the Every Students Succeeds Act is to leave decisions about schools up to local stakeholders.
April 15, 2016
At long last, phase-out of Common Core is official in Tennessee
The State Board of Education signs off on new "homegrown" standards after 18 months of examination and revisions.
April 15, 2016
As New York reconsiders Common Core, UFT organizes teachers to suggest changes
The United Federation of Teachers has been organizing meetings of a few dozen educators to unpack the Common Core learning standards.
April 14, 2016
New Indiana science standards would stress skills over memorizing facts
The Indiana State Board of Education is expected to vote on updated science standards at its meeting tomorrow.
Common Core confusion
April 5, 2016
Who controls standards? Who controls curriculum? Tennessee lawmakers seek clarity
A bill specifying that the state sets standards, while local districts control curriculum, is advancing through the legislature.
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