Behind the Headline: Gates Foundation Backs Two-Year Accountability Delay Under Common Core

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Gates Foundation Backs Two-Year Accountability Delay Under Common Core
6/10/14 | Education Week

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Examining High-Stakes Testing
Winter 2014 | Education Next

The Gates Foundation announced Tuesday that it would support a two-year moratorium on attaching any consequences, for teachers or for students, to scores on new tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards.  Several states have already approved pauses to their accountability systems to give teachers and students time to adjust to the new standards and tests.

The Winter 2014 issue of Education Next included a debate over the wisdom of a hiatus from high-stakes accountability testing while new standards and tests are implemented.

Joshua Starr argued that “A Testing Moratorium is Necessary,” while Margaret Spellings countered that putting a moratorium on testing is akin to shooting the messenger.

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