Author: Kristen Blair

Back and Forth on High Stakes Testing

Ever since early states began Common Core assessments, pleas — most notably from Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers — have been accumulating for a temporary moratorium on the “high stakes” component of testing. In early June, fifteen organizations (members of the Learning First Alliance, which include the American Association of School Administrators, the […]

Computer Adaptive Testing and Common Core

What kind of tests are being developed by the two national consortia to align with Common Core standards? Both consortia will roll out online tests in 2014-15.  The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is developing “fixed-form tests, which feature set questions that generally do not change,” according to Education Week. […]

Common Core and Kindergarten Don’t Mix

As concerns about Common Core mount, what will be the effect of the standards on our littlest learners? Since the time states began adopting the standards, professionals with expertise in early childhood education have raised red flags about their impact on kids in kindergarten through grade three. In 2010 more than 500 early childhood health […]

New York’s Common Core Testing: Sign of Things to Come?

New York’s foray into Common Core testing has been a bit of a debacle. In mid-April the state began assessing third through eighth graders in mathematics and English Language Arts using tests aligned with Common Core. One of the earliest states in the nation to move toward Common Core testing (Kentucky led the way during […]

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