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 Washington-based Center for American Progress released a report this morning 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.


Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium Looking for New Math Director

Shelbi Cole, who has served as the director of mathematics for Smarter Balanced since 2012, has been promoted to director of content for the organization.


Common-Core Testing: Two States Seek Flexibility, Get Very Different Responses

Massachusetts faces no consequences from its decision to let districts choose which test to give next spring, but when Colorado explored the possibility of doing the same, the U.S. Department of Education gave it no opening.


Massachusetts Insists On Assessment Choice Despite Federal Wrist Slap

The Bay State will give districts the choice of using PARCC or MCAS this spring, even though the U.S. Department of Education said that doing so would violate federal law.


Common-Core Testing Group Announces Leadership Change

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's executive director steps down to become a technical advisor. The consortium's longtime chief operating officer becomes the new executive director.


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