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Here are some relatively recent useful posts and articles on education policy issues:

As California standardized testing gains steam, help center ‘inundated’ with teacher calls is from Southern California Public Radio. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Students are test-driving new Common Core exams. You can too is a post from The Hechinger Report. It includes links to practice tests from the two testing consortia. The ones from PARCC have an answer key, though, at first glance, the SBAC ones do not (let me know if I just missed it). I’m adding this info to the same list, and I’m also adding it to A Beginning “The Best…” List Of Free & Decent Online Practice Sites For State Tests.

If Economists Studied Education Research, Would They Still Promote Value-Added Evaluations? is by John Thompson. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights.

Guest commentary: Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions is from The Contra Costa Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

Teacher of the Year to Union President is a good profile of the next President of the National Education Association.

Top 5 Myths and Lies About Teachers and Their Profession is from NEA Today.

Koch brothers help Kansas lawmakers strip teachers of tenure is from The Washington Post.

How ‘colorblind’ education reform policies actually ignore racial inequality is also from The Washington Post.

What’s The Evidence on School Devices and Software Improving Student Learning? is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

David Berliner on PISA and Poverty is from Diane Ravitch’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On 2012 PISA Test Results.

CPS fails to nurture a true vision for charters is from Catalyst. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.