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The Education Exchange: Understanding the Failure of Common Core

A "blunt instrument" to share common standards for college-readiness across states wound up on the ash heap. Tom Loveless tells the story in a new book.

EdNext Podcast: A Closer Look at Public Opinion on School Reform

The just-released 2016 Education Next poll identified changes in public support for the Common Core, testing, opting out, and school choice. Paul Peterson and Marty West discuss what the public says it wants and why these opinions are changing.

EdNext Podcast: Common Standards without Common Tests

The Common Core standards initiative was launched in 2009 but by the time new tests aligned with those standards were rolled out 4 to 5 years later, there was mounting opposition to using those tests to evaluate teachers and schools. To preserve support for the standards, many states began throwing the assessments overboard. Will abandoning the tests in order to save the standards actually work?

EdNext Podcast: Common Core is Encouraging States to Raise Their Standards

Amanda Olberg interviews Paul E. Peterson about the results of his new analysis of state academic standards. The study looks at how high states are setting the bar for student proficiency.

EdNext Podcast: Which Test Better Predicts College Success, MCAS or PARCC?

Ira Nichols-Barrer and Brian Gill of Mathematica Policy Research sit down with Marty West to discuss an important testing decision faced by Massachusetts: whether to keep the MCAS assessment or switch to the PARCC assessment. Nichols-Barrer and Gill, along with two other co-authors, are the authors of a new study that looks at which test better predicts college performance.

EdNext Podcast: Is Support for the Common Core Dropping or Stabilizing?

Marty West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the public's changing opinion of the Common Core.

What We’re Listening To: Are States Losing Common Ground on Common Core?

Mike Petrilli, Anne Hyslop, Anya Kamenetz, and Jeannie Metcalf on KCRW's "To The Point"

What We’re Listening To: A Tale of Two Polls

A story on NPR's Morning Edition looks into why two new surveys come to different conclusions about the extent of support for the Common Core.

What We’re Listening To: Do Common Core Standards Really Matter?

Tom Loveless of Brookings on how the Common Core came about, why some are opposed to it , and what its impact will be on student achievement.

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