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Six ways Common Core changes English and math classrooms

Before Common Core English classes concentrated on literature, like Huckleberry Finn and Great Gatsby English classes include a mix of literature and informational texts, like speeches and articles…

State by State: How 8 key states are handling Common Core

California – California was previously known for its high standards, but it adopted Common Core anyway. After years of budget cuts, the state is putting $1 billion into preparation…

About the National Reporting Project on the Common Core

The new Common Core State Standards, initially adopted by 46 states, are poised to remake the business of schooling in the United States. While the education initiative started with a…

New Orleans charters struggle to afford pre-k

Education reformers have touted New Orleans as a national model since Katrina largely because of the growth in charter schools and student test scores. But despite its reputation as a…

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Massachusetts boards performance funding train

With the announcement that Massachusetts community colleges will be funded based on graduation rates and other measures, Hechinger’s Jon Marcus spoke about this national trend on public-radio station WBUR’s…

Most states don’t routinely scrutinize test erasures

By Marisol Bello and Greg Toppo, USA TODAY Fewer than half the states routinely analyze suspicious numbers of erasures on standardized school tests, a key method of detecting cheating…

D.C. to dig deeper on test score irregularities

By Jack Gillum, Marisol Bello and Scott Elliott, USA TODAY “The integrity of test scores is perhaps more important to us than any other district because we use…

When standardized test scores soared in D.C., were the gains real?

By Jack Gillum and Marisol Bello, USA TODAY Marvin Tucker raised questions about high test scores of daughter Marlana, right, now 16, that showed math proficiency despite…

The search for a new way to test kids

By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY Investigators found “clear, statistical evidence” of cheating on state tests at George Washington Elementary, a Blue Ribbon School, in Baltimore. (Photo by By…

For teachers, many ways and reasons to cheat on tests

By Jodi Upton, Denise Amos and Anne Ryman, USA TODAY George Washington Carver Academy Principal Celestine Sanders peeks in a classroom. The Highland Park, Mich., charter school…

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