Smarter Balanced Gets a Foothold in Washington State Universities

Education Week reported that state universities in Washington will use Smarter Balanced Assessment for 11th graders in their course placement decisions. The announcement is significant because it puts teeth into the most pivotal claim of the common-core initiative: that a “college ready” score on consortium tests means a student is prepared to perform well in […]

Missouri Activists Sue State of Missouri Over Common Core Payments

Gretchen Logue  and Anne Gassel  of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core have joined Fred N. Sauer in filing a taxpayer lawsuit against Governor Nixon, Commissioner Nicastro, and other state officials.  The lawsuit challenges Missouri’s payment of taxpayer money to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a consortium of states that is implementing tests aligned to […]

Standards Rustling and Rebranding

We have now seen at least three distinct styles of rebranding of the Common Core State Standards.  There may be other styles as well as variations of one or more of these styles. You will likely recognize at least one, if not all three of these styles.  It is possible your state matches one of […]

Smarter Balanced Contractor Suffers Data Breach

Education Week reports that the American Institute for Research suffered a data breach earlier this month: After one of the organization’s servers was hacked, the sensitive personal information of as many as 6,500 current and former employees, including Social Security numbers and personal credit card information, was compromised, an AIR spokesman confirmed during an interview […]

No ESEA Waiver for Wyoming Until They Toe Federal Line

By Shane Vander Hart The Casper Star Tribune released a document they received indicating that Wyoming would not receive an ESEA waiver.  In a memo from the Wyoming Department of Education that was sent to local school administration they outline several of the reasons: Several challenges prevent Wyoming’s waiver approval. One is the state’s inability […]

SC is Out of Smarter Balanced, Superintendent’s Race Focused on Common Core

This is a little anticlimactic, especially after reporting that the South Carolina Department of Education was taking steps to pull out of Smarter Balanced earlier this month.  I’m a little late to the party updating this story, but last week The Post and Courier reported that South Carolina Superintendent of Education informed the State Board […]

South Carolina Taking Steps to Withdraw from Smarter Balanced

Thursday afternoon District Superintendents in South Carolina Public Schools received a memo from Dr. Nancy Busbee, the Deputy Superintendent in the Accountability Department at the South Carolina Department of Education.  She said that the department is taking steps to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  School districts are to suspend any Smarter Balanced Assessment […]

Florida’s New Testing Contractor Has Ties to Smarter Balanced, PARCC

Yesterday Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced that Florida would be working with the American Institutes for Research to replace the FCAT.  Florida had pulled out of PARCC as the fiscal agent, and there was discussion in the state of still implementing the assessment in Florida. Instead they chose AIR. I did a quick search […]

Sandra Stotsky on Common Core Assessments

Massachusetts is telling their parents that they can not opt their students out from the PARCC assessments that are being field tested this year.  They are treating them the same as MCAS which are considered mandatory under state law. Dr. Sandra Stotsky, who served as a Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education […]

The Testing Opt-Out Option is on the Rise

Here is an interesting article at Education Week: The latest bit of evidence suggesting this showed up yesterday in Massachusetts. The WorcesterTelegram & Gazette reports that some parents want their children to sit out the PARCC field tests, which are scheduled to begin next month. Some members of the local school committee think district policy […]