The Kevin Durant edition

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and Robert Pondiscio discuss Beyoncé and cultural literacy, the racial variances in college readiness versus college completion, and Louisiana’s plan for a homegrown Common Core–aligned curriculum. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the effects of interim assessments on student outcomes.

Amber's Research Minute

Spyros Konstantopoulos, Wei Li, Shazia R. Miller, and Arie van der Ploeg, "Effects of Interim Assessments Across the Achievement Distribution: Evidence From an Experiment," Educational and Psychological Measurement (June 2016).