Sample items drafted by two state consortia offer an early idea of what kinds of items will be included in the common assessments.


The Coeur d'Alene school board in Idaho has voted to remove the IB diploma program from a local high school, citing the cost and other concerns.


Colorado decides to commit to the PARCC consortium for common assessments.


From guest blogger Gina Cairney STEM advocates are always looking for novel ways to entice more girls and women into science, technology, engineering, and math. That's why a group of women in Durham, N.C., host fundraisers that benefit women and girls. But they're not your run-of-the-mill fundraisers.

The National Assessment Governing Board decided to expand use of the background questions posed to students who take the NAEP, or "nation's report card."


Utah votes to withdraw from its common-assessment consortium.


A new study finds that Chicago's algebra-for-all policy took a toll on high-achieving students, and that the main reason was a shift to mixed-ability grouping of students.


A new study examines what college systems are doing to gauge students' readiness for credit-bearing work, as they recognize the limitations of traditional placement tests.


Two flashpoints for debate in education circles are vouchers and teaching creationism. Well, today I've found a way to combine them in one blog post. The Associated Press is reporting that some Louisiana private schools participating in the state's new voucher program reject evolution and instead teach creationism. The story says that several religious schools that will enroll children with support from state-subsidized vouchers have touted their creationist views. Louisiana state Superintendent John White told the Associated Press that all voucher students must take the state's science test, which will help ensure that they are getting an appropriate science education. "If...


Remember last week when I posted about new types of college-and-career-readiness tests entering the marketplace from ACT, among other companies? Here is a story I just finished about that, and its interaction with the state assessment consortia's work. There are many interesting dynamics at work now in the test-publishing industry that bear watching....


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