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April 29, 2016

Reactions to 12th Grade NAEP Declines? Mostly Tempered

When the scores for 4th and 8th grades were released in October, and showed declines as well, there was all sorts of chatter about where to place the blame. So far, the most recent 12th grade scores haven't caused the same kind of finger-pointing.

April 27, 2016

Low Performers Show Big Declines on 12th Grade NAEP Test

Much like their 4th and 8th grade peers, high school seniors have lost ground in math over the last two years, according to the most recent scores on a national achievement test.

April 13, 2016

Maryland Retreats From New Kindergarten Readiness Testing

Less than two years after it started a leading-edge readiness assessment for kindergarten students, Maryland backs off, saying it takes too much time away from instruction.

April 04, 2016

U.S. Ed. Department Releases Draft ESSA Regulations on Testing

Draft rules on assessment, released late last week, would allow districts to use the SAT, ACT, or college-placement tests as their high school test for accountability.

March 28, 2016

Reach of PARCC, Smarter Balanced, Drops Sharply in 2015-16

Only 32 percent of students live in states that are using PARCC or Smarter Balanced statewide in 2015-16, a sharp drop from last year.

March 25, 2016

State Tests: Education Week's Interactive Breakdown of 2015-16 Plans

Education Week's survey of all states shows three key shifts in testing, including a continued erosion of the strength of PARCC and Smarter Balanced, particularly at the high school level.

March 22, 2016

ACT Adds New Test to Its Lineup: the PreACT

The new test is designed to give 10th graders a preview of the ACT college-entrance exam.

March 17, 2016

Indiana District Refuses State Request to Pilot New Tests

With its refusal to participate in pilot testing, the Fort Wayne community school district raises a question: Do districts have the right to opt out of that test-development work?

March 17, 2016

Georgia Advances Bill to Revise Testing Requirements

If signed, the bill would introduce new readiness tests in 1st grade, and permit districts to use a series of interim tests to produce a summative score.

March 17, 2016

U.S. Ed.: No Penalties for Nevada After Smarter Balanced Testing Woes Last Year

Because of online testing problems, Nevada fell short of the federal requirement to test 95 percent of students, but the U.S. Department of Education has given the state a pass.

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