Website Aims to Be ‘Consumer Reports’ for Common Core Materials

EdReports.org, a new nonprofit funded with $3 million from the Gates Foundation and the Helmsley Charitable Trust, will launch in winter 2014. According to a statement posted Friday on the group’s website, it will provide free, Web-based reviews of instructional materials, with a focus on “alignment to the Common Core and other indicators of high quality as recommended by educators, including usability, teacher support and differentiation.”

Success Academy Makes Up Top 7 of 15 of NY’s Top-Scorers

Seven out of the state’s 15 top-scoring schools on math proficiency tests this year were Success Academy charter schools — the same network targeted by Mayor de Blasio earlier this year in a fight over classroom space.

Virtual Charter Schools Coming to North Carolina

Beginning in 2015, Western North Carolina students could have the option to attend one of two virtual charter schools in the state — doing all their school work online at home instead of in a traditional classroom.

Louisiana District Plans to Sue Over Charter Funding

School board members and local education officials across the state have grumbled for years that charter schools divert money from public school systems to independently run institutions that compete with them for the best students with the most engaged parents.

New York Pays Schools to Reduce Tests

The state Education Department is giving $9.2 million to school groups working to eliminate tests — including ones the state itself suggested.