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April 17, 2015

New Report Finds Majority of Teachers Giving PARCC Assessments High Marks

Teach Plus, a non-profit organization working to keep effective teachers in urban classrooms, recently released a study that surveyed over 1000 teachers in several states on their evaluation of the PARCC assessment sample questions. The majority of teachers surveyed thought that the PARCC assessments were better than the tests that their states used to have. To read the study, visit Teach Plus.

April 16, 2015

197 Colleges and Universities in 6 States to Use Smarter Balanced Scores

Colleges and universities in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington will use the Smarter Balanced high school scores as evidence that students are ready for entry-level, credit-bearing courses and may be exempted from remedial courses. For more information, please click on the link above.

April 15, 2015

Item Writers Algebra Readiness Competition

Enter this competition to write a collection of ten items based on the Common Core that teachers can use to help students identify their strengths and weaknesses in algebra. The goals of this competition are to (1) create collections of items that can be used by teachers to aid with formative assessment; (2) identify educators who know the standards well and are able to translate standards into complex and thoughtful tasks; and (3) create a community of learners engaged in the process of changing the lives of students. Register to participate by May 17, 2015.