In a key step, the consortium decides on cut scores that are likely to cause sharp drops in the numbers of students reading and doing math at grade level.
L'Oréal recently announced the winners of its For Women in Science fellowship, which awards $60,000 grants to five female postdocs who've demonstrated excellence in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
After lawmakers forbid the state from using the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2014-15, the state has come up with a solution that blends items from that test with those from a testing company.
The $108 million contract is the latest in a long series of assessment shakeouts in the wake of the Common Core State Standards.
Just because a state has a law requiring arts instruction doesn't mean students are actually getting it, said a group of arts education experts.
The AFT awards grants to two state unions in the wake of widespread criticism that teachers have been overlooked in the design and implementation of the common core.
Men haven't always dominated the computer-science field, according to NPR.
The aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin will be donating up to $6 million to fund STEM programs at K-12 schools across several urban districts, including Washington, D.C.
A legislative task force considered a half-dozen options, but recommended the Smarter Balanced test for 2016-17. The state will continue to give the Iowa Assessments until then.
States in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have decided to take more time before approving a set of cut scores for the consortium's spring test.