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The accountability moratorium is here

Many states across the nation are well underway with the challenging work of implementing the Common Core State Standards, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute reports. But what does a thoughtful transition from existing to new standards look like? And what are the implications for accountability systems in the interim? This past August and September, the research team at Fordham interviewed officials and policy advocates in five states—Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York—to get a sense of how they are approaching accountability in the transition to the Common Core. We asked stakeholders about their plans for using student data during this transition period, and in particular what the “stakes” would be for schools, educators, and students. While we found nuances in each state, four patterns emerged across our small sample. The first is discussed in this post, with three to follow over the next few weeks…

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