A New Approach to Testing: New Hampshire Seeks Federal Approval

New Hampshire is proposing an alternative to testing all students every year with the same assessment. If the U.S. Department of Education approves its pilot plan, it could send a powerful signal that more testing flexibility might be available for states.


Chicago Schools Chief Asks to Delay PARCC Assessment

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, announced that she plans to ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.


Chevron Partners on $20 Million STEM Education Plan

The multinational energy corporation is launching an effort to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education and training in rural Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.


New York State Approves Career-Focused Graduation Pathways

Students in New York state will soon have the option to replace one of the history exams now required for graduation with a career-focused art or science exam.


Attending Live Theater Improves Students' Vocabulary and Tolerance, Study Finds

Students who attended a live theater performance showed better knowledge of vocabulary words, more tolerance, and an improved ability to read others' emotions when compared to students who did not attend, according to a recent study.


State and District Tests Frequent, But Take Little Instructional Time, Study Says

The Center for American Progress released a report looking at how much time students spend taking state- and district-required tests.


'51st State' Proposal Suggests Next-Generation School Accountability

Will a new accountability proposal from top education policy thinkers rise to the top of an increasingly crowded debate?


Kindergarten-Readiness Tests: Navigating a Tricky Terrain

Pennsylvania's new kindergarten-entrance assessment is hobbled by insufficient training for teachers and weak outreach to educators and parents, a new report contends.


State and District Leaders Vow to Reduce Testing, Stick With Yearly Assessments

State school chiefs and urban district leaders committed to eliminating redundant tests, but they also made clear that they will not back away from annual standardized testing.


Fewer Tests: Momentum Building, But for Different Solutions

Anti-testing sentiment moves into the Washington policy world, but "solving" the testing problem means different things to different people.


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