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California schools are rolling out new standardized tests LA Times: Schools across California are set to begin administering new standardized tests Tuesday that are designed to demand more of students and offer a clearer picture of how much they are learning.

See also Seattle TimesChalkbeatNYHechinger Report

Indiana Drops Common Core Wall Street Journal:Indiana's governor on Monday signed legislation withdrawing the state from the Common Core, making it the first to officially dump math and reading standards that have been adopted by nearly all the states.

Indiana Cuts The Core Without Telling Teachers What Comes Next NPR: Indiana became the first state to adopt, then repeal, the Common Core State Standards. As Elle Moxley of WFIU reports, the repeal has left some teachers scratching their heads. 

New school tests don't make the grade Al Jazeera America: “There’s kind of a belief in a town like Montclair that the more we test, the more we can be sure that our teachers are delivering a quality curriculum,” says Michelle Fine, a CUNY psychology professor who is a member of the parent group Montclair Cares About Schools. “I think that’s magical thinking.”

More news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso).

Principal Encourages Immigrant Students To Aim For Middle Class NPR: At a rural high school outside El Paso, Texas, the principal tries to inspire poor immigrants or kids of immigrants to go to college, though many have never seen one.

Group Urges Focus on Teacher-Prep Outputs in Federal Policy TeacherBeat: A brief outlines new ideas for the federal policies governing teacher preparation.

Waiver States Continue to Struggle With Turnarounds PK12:  Overall, states—including those that won multimillion Race to the Top grants—continue to struggle with turning around their lowest-performing schools, and even with ensuring that their highest-performing or "reward" schools get their due.

Obama report claims success for 'Race to the Top' USA TODAY: Nearly four years after launching the "Race to the Top" education grant program, the Obamaadministration says the money benefits 22 million students and 1.5 million teachers in more than 40,000 schools.

Mixed results for charter schools statewide in new study EdSource: Data for six years of students in grades 2 to 11 in nearly 1,000 charter schools showed that overall they performed better in reading but did worse in math. Students in urban locations, poor students and African-Americans who attended charters gained learning days compared to their peers at traditional schools.  Nearly all of the academic gains by charter schools statewide were by schools connected to charter management organizations. 

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Is the Obama administration still going to claim Race to the Top a success on the same day Indiana becomes the first state to withdraw from the Common Core State Standards initiative? For it's likely Indiana would still be implementing Common Core had the current administration not begun dividing the states by picking winners and losers via its Race to the Top grant competition. Nonetheless, Indiana's move appears to be a mere reaction back to the last, failed decade, when uncoordinated states had a variety of standards, some pretty disgraceful, that left American children far behind where they need to be in order to be competitive on a global playing field. Instead, Indiana (and other states) should pause the mathematics implementation until those standards can be revised to make them competitive with what our partners in APEC have produced, which are keeping their kids two to three years ahead of American children even should the Common Core work exactly as planned.

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