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Common Core-Tech Divide
In this April 30, 2015 photo, Leticia Fonseca, 16, left, and her twin sister, Sylvia Fonseca, right, take the Common Core-aligned standardized tests. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)
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Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not.

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States move to reduce time spent on Common Core-based exam

Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements.

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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, practice test books at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ty Wright, File)
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Senate panel passes bills affecting standardized tests

A ban on standardized tests in kindergarten through the second grade has come one step closer to becoming law.

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Common Core-Tech Divide
In this April 30, 2015 photo, Leticia Fonseca, 16, left, and her twin sister, Sylvia Fonseca, right, take the Common Core-aligned standardized tests. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)
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Online Common Core testing lays bare tech divide in schools

Nestled between mountains 60 miles from the nearest city, students at Cuyama Valley High School use Internet connections about one-tenth the minimum speed recommended for the modern U.S. classroom.

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Wendall Steinhauer, president of the New Jersey Education Association, on the air with host Eric Scott, left.
Wendall Steinhauer, president of the New Jersey Education Association, on the air with host Eric Scott, left. (Toniann Antonelli, Townsquare Media)
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PARCC Town Hall Meeting – Watch it live

As the second round of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing gets underway in schools across the state, New Jersey 101.5 FM will host a special Town Hall program Tuesday to discuss where the PARCC program stands.

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PARCC test – New Jersey struggles to address opt outs

New Jersey does not have a statewide regulation for how to handle students who opt out of taking standardized tests like the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam. The chairman of the Assembly Education Committee said that is unacceptable.

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A student takes the PARCC test (CBS New York)
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The PARCC debate rages on with round two underway

The second round of the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing is underway this week in New Jersey classrooms. There remains a fair amount of parental and legislative opposition to the exams, but the state's education commissioner has defended the tests in hearings before Senate and the Assembly committees.

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Education commissioner repeats warning regarding state aid, PARCC

Instead of backing away from threats to withhold school aid for districts that fail to have 95 percent of their students take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, New Jersey Education commissioner David Hespe doubled down Tuesday and repeated a warning to the State Senate Budget Committee.

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Official, lawmakers agree on weighting PARCC for teachers

Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Democratic lawmakers have reached an agreement on how much the results of new standardized tests will count in teachers' performance reviews.

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A student takes the PARCC test
A student takes the PARCC test (CBS New York)
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Legislator hits back at state ‘threats’ over PARCC test opt-outs

The chairman of the Assembly Education Committee said Monday that it is "not helpful" for state officials to threaten school districts with loss of aid over students opting out of testing under the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

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