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Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
Even as the Common Core State Standards are being put into practice across most of the country, nearly half of teachers feel unprepared to teach them, especially to disadvantaged students, according to a new survey. The study by the EPE Research Center found deep wells of concern among teachers about their readiness to meet the challenges posed by…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Alignment (Education), Disadvantaged Youth
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2013
As test designers work to craft the new, common assessments set to debut in most of the nation's public schools in the 2014-15 school year, their goal is to provide all English-language learners (ELLs), regardless of their language-proficiency levels, the same opportunities to demonstrate their content knowledge and skills as their peers who are…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, English Language Learners, Educational Assessment, Consortia
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2013
Champions of students with disabilities have long complained that those students are often an afterthought in state testing plans. Only after a test design is completed are educators asked to go back and adapt the questions for a student who is blind, who needs help accessing text or calculating numbers, or who must use a specialized device to…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Testing Accommodations, State Standards
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
In statehouses and cities across the country, battles are raging over the direction of education policy--from the standards that will shape what students learn to how test results will be used to judge a teacher's performance. Students and teachers, in passive resistance, are refusing to take and give standardized tests. Protesters have marched to…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Education, State Standards, Academic Standards
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
With the completion of new standards intended to reshape science education, the real heavy lifting now begins. First, states must decide whether to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a coalition of 26 states and several national organizations. Already, though, considerable focus is turning to laying the groundwork for the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Educational Change, Academic Standards
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
With common standards in science set to be finalized in March, states will soon face the dilemma of embracing them as their own or going their own way, raising the question of how common the Next Generation Science Standards will ultimately prove to be. The 26 "lead state partners" helping to develop the K-12 standards have agreed to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Standards, State Standards
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
As the common core is brought to life in classrooms this year, some English/language arts teachers are finding themselves caught in a swirl of debate about whether the new standards require them to cut back on prized pieces of the literary canon to make room for nonfiction. A recent spate of news reports has ignited a new wave of anxiety about the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Nonfiction, Guidance, Language Arts
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
Children who enter kindergarten with a small vocabulary don't get taught enough words--particularly, sophisticated academic words--to close the gap, according to the latest in a series of studies by Michigan early-learning experts. The findings suggest many districts could be at a disadvantage in meeting the increased requirements for vocabulary…
Descriptors: State Standards, Reading Instruction, Vocabulary, Emergent Literacy
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2013
Opponents of the Common Core State Standards are ramping up legislative pressure and public relations efforts aimed at getting states to scale back--or even abandon--the high-profile initiative, even as implementation proceeds and tests aligned with the standards loom. Critics of the common core have focused recent lobbying and media efforts on…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Testing, National Curriculum, Private Sector
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2013
A group of states has joined forces to arrange the purchase of an unusually comprehensive set of educational-technology devices and services, in a compact that could foreshadow other cooperative efforts by state and local governments attempting to turn the digital-procurement process to their advantage. The initial partners in the multistate…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Purchasing, State Government, School Districts
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
New York is ahead of most states in its work to design detailed curricula and professional development for the common core and to build brand-new tests to reflect them. What's unfolding in the Empire State as a result of that work illustrates the way the common standards can pressure changes in the education landscape, and torque the tensions…
Descriptors: Accountability, Stakeholders, Academic Standards, State Policy
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2013
A patchwork of testing accommodations is used in the nation's public schools to help students with disabilities and those still learning English show their command of academic content, just as their general education peers do. The list of accommodations--providing extra time, allowing the use of dictionaries, and reading test directions aloud, to…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, State Standards, English Language Learners, Accessibility (for Disabled)
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
The final version of standards aimed at reshaping the focus and delivery of science instruction in U.S. schools was publicly unveiled last week, setting the stage for states--many of which helped craft the standards--to take the next step and consider adopting them as their own. More than three years in the making, the Next Generation Science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Academic Standards, State Standards
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2013
The National Education Association, on behalf of three affiliates of its Florida chapter and seven teachers, last week filed suit against the Florida education department. They contend that some teachers are being judged against students or subjects they don't teach, in violation of their constitutional rights. The groups seek a federal court…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Evaluation Criteria, Teacher Evaluation
Davis, Michelle R. – Education Week, 2013
Widespread technical failures and interruptions of recent online testing in a number of states have shaken the confidence of educators and policymakers in high-tech assessment methods and raised serious concerns about schools' technological readiness for the coming common-core online tests. The glitches arose as many districts in the 46 states…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Testing Problems, Reliability, Public Schools
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