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AM News: Week 2 Of Common Core Testing Started Off Fairly Smoothly

NM's first PARCC test goes smoothly Albuquerque Journal: Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) was created by a consortium of states to measure knowledge of the Common Core standards

Common Core test debuts in Oregon, prompting stepped-up teaching, fears it will be too hard  OregonLive.com: Sixth grader Porter Stewart works on a writing assessment to help him prepare for the dauntingCommon Core test that will be given to 300,000...

Calls for opt-out bill continue as Illinois starts PARCC test Sun-Times: No major snafus were reported in the city or on the state level, although Mollison and Morrill elementary schools had some minor glitches, district spokesman Bill McCaffrey said. Otherwise CPS reported a “smooth start to testing,” he said, “with the exception of some minor tech issues, such as popup blockers.”

Federal education chief: Some kids are over-tested Sun Sentinel: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke to a crowd of more than 500 on his vision for education and his push to fix the federal No Child Left Behind Act at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach as part of an event by the Forum Club of the Palm 

Education interests to pour money into Democratic primary Philly.com:  AFT president Randi Weingarten, asked whether her union will make independent expenditures to influence the Philadelphia mayor's race, said she was "deeply concerned" about the state of schools here.

With Jesse Jackson's Chuy Garcia Endorsement, Black Leaders Begin to Unite ... In These Times:  has come out strongly against Emanuel's policies in all of these areas, and has the backing of the powerful Chicago Teachers Union and its president Karen Lewis. However, longstanding tensions and distrust between the city's black and Latino ...

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Chiefs for Change Announces New Focus on Big Cities, John White as New Leader State EdWatch: Chiefs for Change says it wishes to focus more on building a bipartisan K-12 consensus with the backing of big-city superintendents, and is ending its affiliation with the Foundation for Excellence in Education

Rhode Island’s lively experiment with blended learning Hechinger Report: Being a pioneer is a high-risk endeavor. And it’s messy. After some flawed assumptions in its first year, Village Green has already made a number of changes to its physical layout, class schedule and staffing.

Recruiting More Minority Teachers Could Do Wonders For Minority Students, Study Says HuffPost:  Being taught by a nonwhite teacher doesn't negatively affect white students' success, but Egalite said it is linked to higher test scores for nonwhite students.

The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love NPR: NPR Ed is celebrating 50 Great Teachers. Today: The story of a young algebra teacher in Oklahoma oil country, who has taken an unorthodox approach to classroom math.

Meet the companies that profit when CPS students drop out WBEZ: One year ago, a small contingent of some of Chicago’s most powerful education officials flew to Arizona for a conference of education investors, hosted by Chicago Board of Education member Deborah Quazzo's investment firm Global Silicon Valley Advisors. The keynote speaker: Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson.

Unequal shelves in D.C. school libraries benefit wealthier students Washington Post: Lafayette Elementary School, in upper Northwest, has one of the largest library collections in the District’s public school system, with more than 28,000 books filling stacks on two floors. Drew Elementary, 12 miles away and east of the Anacostia River, has one of the city’s smallest inventories: 300 catalogued books lining shelves along two of the library’s walls.

The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids NPR: A new book and study both show that the ability to rise from poverty to the middle class truly is shrinking. A child without married, educated parents starts life at a huge and worsening disadvantage.

Report: Half Of D.C. High School Students Are Chronically Truant WAMU:  In D.C. public high schools more than 50 percent of students are chronically truant, meaning they've missed more than 10 days of school.

Math Love, Game-Based Learning, And More From NPR Ed At #SXSWEdu NPR: We'll be among the teachers, edupreneurs and innovators in Austin.

Homeless Vet Returns Lost Championship Ring To Columbine Shooting Survivor Over A Decade Later AP: A survivor of the Columbine High School massacre who lost his championship football ring more than a decade ago got it back after an improbable discovery by a homeless veteran in California.

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