May 23, 2016

New Archive of Free Common-Core Materials

Creators of EngageNY have launched a new website, called UnboundEd, to support teachers implementing quality lessons and using materials based on the Common Core. The website will be populated with EngageNY and other K-12 Common Core materials vetted by team members. For more information, please read this Education Week article.

April 25, 2016

USED Seeks Stakeholder Feedback Regarding ESSA Guidance

On April 25, 2016, Secretary King and the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released an email calling for feedback regarding non-regulatory guidance for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Stakeholders are encouraged to send input on areas and requirements of ESSA that ought to have USED non-regulatory guidance. Feedback must be emailed to by May 25, 2016.

For more information, please see the email's content here.  

March 7, 2016

New Textbook Reviews from EdReports, an independent nonprofit that provides reviews of textbooks, released four new reviews for K-8 math textbooks. Educators from across the country analyzed these materials to provide high-quality evidence that will support classrooms. The reviews are free to access.

February 29, 2016

CCSSO's ESSA Webpage

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has created a webpage to house materials and resources to support states with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Materials include Frequently Asked Questions and ESSA implementation considerations.

February 19, 2016

PARCC and Smarter Balanced Get High Marks in New Studies

In two recently released studies, PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments are best at matching the content and depth criteria laid out by the Council of Chief State School Officers, compared to the ACT Aspire and MCAS assessments. For more information or to read the full reports, visit the Thomas B. Fordham Institute (grades 5-8) and HumRRO (high school).