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Business for Core, part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, provides information about the Common Core. It has created videos detailing how high standards will help students achieve more in college and in careers. Check them out today!

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In this post from the Teaching Channel, teacher Lily Jones shows how teachers Tahlequah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma are collaborating to differentiate Common Core math instruction for special education.

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In this blog post in Edutopia, Professor Maurice Elias writes about how social-emotional skills can boost implementation of the Common Core by preparing students to become productive members of society.

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Smarter Balanced has several resources available on the support for under-represented students. Check out these resources on a dedicated page on the Smarter Balanced website.

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This press release announces the statewide agreement between Washington's community and technical colleges and public four-year universities in which Washington state’s 11th graders who score at a college-ready level on the Smarter Balanced assessments this spring will automatically be placed into...

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Want to learn more about automated scoring? Read this research report from Smarter Balanced's pilot testing of its automated scoring system.

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In partnership with the Teaching Channel, PARCC has released a video series to show links between assessment and instruction. The videos focus on using PARCC tools to analyze the interactions between standards, evidence, and tasks, and the application of these understandings to inform instructional...

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From now until the start of the spring assessments, PARCC will post one test item per week to show the kinds of questions that students can expect on the tests. Click here for PARCC’s test item of the week.

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Want to know about construct validity and why it’s important in high quality assessments? See Jeff Nellhaus, PARCC’s Chief of Assessment, answer this question.

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ELPA21 has posted a Request for Information (RFI). The purpose of the RFI is to enter a long-term partnership with a public entity to deepen support to states. Interested partners should respond to the RFI by Friday, February 20, 2015.

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In 2015-16, WIDA will administer the new, online annual summative assessment, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, to replace the current paper-based version.

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ELPA21 has extended registration for its Field Test and Platform and System Trial until January 16, 2015. Field testing will take place February 2, and this is an opportunity for teachers, administrators, and schools to preview the ELPA21 online assessment and “test the test.”

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Read this recent article from the Lawrence Journal-World on the development of Dynamic Learning Maps, a computer program to measure the progress of students with cognitive disabilities.

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Dynamic Learning Maps has recently announced software updates of the KITE Client for both the iPad and OS X Yosemite for Macs. Click the links to download the KITE Client.

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The K-12 Center at ETS has created updated summaries (with illustrations) on the designs of two alternate assessment consortia—the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment Consortium and the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC). The one-page summaries can be accessed on the K-12...

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GreatSchools, a nonprofit organization that helps parents find schools and educational resources, has a video collection that shows parents Common Core student expectations from kindergarten through fifth grade.

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Dynamic Learning Maps has available a handout on census data of student characteristics from its first contact with students.

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WIDA has a free, 3-part webinar series for families of English language learners to provide them with information about what it means to be an ELL, the WIDA standards and assessments, and how to interpret student language proficiency scores.

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Do you wonder who scores the PARCC assessments? Qualified scorers who have degrees in mathematics, reading, education, and other related fields are recruited, trained, and evaluated to become an assessment scorer.

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Smarter Balanced has posted summative test Blueprints which describe the content of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics summative assessments for grades 3-8 and high school and how that content will be assessed. The test blueprints incorporate revisions based on analysis of the Pilot...

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The College & Career Readiness & Success Center has an interactive state map that presents the broad landscape of college and career readiness initiatives taking place in each state.

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Over 30 leading national education organizations that represent parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, state boards of education, chief technology officers and many others released 10 principles for protecting and guiding the use of the personal information of America’s students. According...

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This presentation by Pat Forgione, Executive Director of the K-12 Center at ETS, provides a comprehensive and informative synopsis of the next generation K-12 assessments, which includes the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments. Also visit the K-12 Center’s Assessment Consortia page for more...

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This collection of classroom videos and associated lesson materials were developed to help K-12 educators implement instructional shifts required by the Common Core State Standards. Accessing the videos and materials are free but require interested educators to sign up. The resources from Teaching...

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The National PTA has created a new website for districts and schools that wish to hold face-to-face parent nights on the new standards-aligned state assessments. The webpage includes step-by-step instructions and materials that district and school administrators can use to host parent nights....

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The Illinois Community College Chief Academic Officers and Illinois Council Community College Chief Student Services Officers have endorsed a statewide approach to the utilization of PARCC scores for placement. A PARCC score of 4 or 5 would be accepted for placement of students into college-level...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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PARCC is developing a series of online professional learning modules to help school and district educators understand the PARCC Assessment System. Currently, there are two training modules which focus on an overview on the PARCC Common Assessments and the PARCC Accessibility System. Future...

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