How to Reduce Testing? Some Schools Dump Midterms, Final Exams

Some northern New Jersey high schools are dropping local midterms and finals in a bid to preserve instructional time.

The Frustrating Search for Good Common-Core Instructional Materials

The Denver school district looked fruitlessly for good common-core materials, reflecting widespread unhappiness with the quality of instructional resources in the marketplace.

Making Math Word Problems More Accessible

Students would be better off if algebra teachers began their lessons with word problems, according to a recent study. But that can pose challenges for students who struggle with language.

Maryland Teachers Union Calls for Suspension of Kindergarten Tests

A survey of kindergarten teachers showed unhappiness with the amount of time the test took away from instruction.

Arts Education Report: Opinions on 'Inspired Learning'

n case you missed it, a recently released package of opinion pieces looks at the many facets of K-12 arts education.

Most Alabama Students Fall Short on Common-Core Test

The first statewide results of ACT's Aspire test show most students below the marks that indicate they're on track for success in college.

Connecticut Moves To Downplay Tests in Accountability

Yet another state tries to hammer out a new way of judging schools that doesn't rely so heavily on test scores.

San Francisco and Los Angeles School Districts Will Offer Ethnic Studies Classes

The Los Angeles school district will make ethnic studies a graduation requirement, and the San Francisco district will aim to do the same within five years.

Fusing Career, Academic Skills Benefits Students, Study Finds

A study of a program to prepare students for careers and college shows that students earn more credits in high school and have greater confidence in their career and life skills than their peers in regular programs.

Federal Legislation Would Help States Streamline Testing Systems

A new bill would allow states to use grant money to reevaluate their testing routines.


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