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September 27, 2019
Pearson is ramping up as Tennessee’s new testing company. Here’s how.
Leaders with Pearson Inc. have criss-crossed Tennessee for the last month as the testing giant takes over the job of managing standardized testing.
thanks common core
April 29, 2019
Nearly a decade later, did the Common Core work? New research offers clues
The Common Core appears to have led to modest declines in fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math scores.
Updated January 30, 2019
Just months before its next testing company is supposed to start, Tennessee has yet to receive its first bid
The state has yet to release its request for proposals soliciting testing companies to take over its embattled TNReady assessment program.
December 19, 2018
Tennessee was ‘overly ambitious’ in pushing online testing, says state’s chief investigator
Problems with TNReady testing are the focus of the state comptroller's year-long audit.
boom and backlash
December 19, 2018
Could the forces that fought the Common Core bring down personalized learning?
Major funders and the federal education department are promoting the idea. Teachers are wary. Parents are perplexed. Criticism is coming from both the political left…
July 25, 2018
In his final months as Tennessee governor, Haslam reflects on his education legacy
In a wide-ranging interview, the outgoing Republican governor talks about achievement gains, TNReady disappointments, pre-K challenges, and what's next.
Updated July 19, 2018
After a wild testing year, Tennessee student scores mostly dip — but there are a few bright spots
Student test scores mostly decreased this year in Tennessee, especially in middle school where performance dipped in every subject, according to new statewide data.
May 22, 2018
From an ‘F’ to an ‘A’, Tennessee now sets high expectations for students, says Harvard study
Tennessee stands out in a new national report examining how the exodus from Common Core has changed states' expectations for their students.
a new standard
May 14, 2018
Here’s what annoyed high school students most about the switch to Common Core
Group work. Also this: “Do you want me to learn it? Or do you want me to stare at the problem?”
not so fast
April 23, 2018
Why Tennessee legislators share blame, too, for TNReady testing headaches
In 2014, the legislature voted to pull out abruptly from a multi-state testing partnership, which set the stage for TNReady.
March 19, 2018
Hopson promises more flexibility as Memphis school leaders clear the air with teachers on new curriculum
Though he didn't have specifics, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said teachers should not feel like they need to read from a script to meet district requirements.
Set up to fail
March 8, 2018
The Detroit school district has been using a curriculum that’s ‘an injustice to the children of Detroit’ — but it’s not alone.
Experts say that Detroit is among hundreds — possibly thousands — of districts across the country that are using textbooks and educational materials that are not aligned to state standards.
February 6, 2018
With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory
The Gates Foundation has a new plan intended to help public schools: improve the materials that teachers use to teach. But that may run into some challenges.
January 26, 2018
Colorado students would have to do science to learn it under new standards
A standards review committee has recommended Colorado adopt a modified version of Next Generation Science Standards. That could mean a big change in the classroom.
January 17, 2018
This Betsy DeVos-inspired Twitter thread recounts the ups and downs (but mostly ups) of one school’s Common Core shift
A former New York City teacher says the standards prompted anything but a disaster at his school.
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