New research confirms the value of using readability formulas such as Lexile to predict reading difficulty. But that represents only one of three factors common-standards creators suggest be considered when sizing up a text's complexity.


Across about 2,000 U.S. high schools most likely to succeed based on demographics, a new study finds strikingly wide variation in the share of top-achieving math students produced.


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.


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