A modification to the Nation's Report Card achievement level descriptions of "basic," "proficient," and "advanced" performance is the latest in a nearly 30-year battle over where to set the bar for student performance.
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November 18, 2018
September 19, 2018
Students who take the international PISA exam in 2021 could face a new kind of test: one that attempts to measure their creativity.
September 11, 2018
Maryland, one of the few remaining states to administer the full PARCC exam, will create its own test after the 2018-19 school year.
July 31, 2018
Smarter Balanced has gotten its first approval under the U.S. Department of Education's testing peer-review process.
May 31, 2018
The PARCC test is harder than some of its competitors, but nearly all states have raised the bar on tests in recent years.
May 22, 2018
Mostly, states are holding to a higher bar for student achievement than they did a decade ago. But Iowa, Texas, and Virginia continue to show large gaps between their state proficiency standards and NAEP's.
May 04, 2018
Gov. Rick Scott says the legislature must approve any additional waivers—and it doesn't meet again for months.
April 10, 2018
The AAAS launches a new project to develop assessment scenarios that measure the NGSS' energy standards.
April 09, 2018
The National Council for the Social Studies is pushing back on the policy, arguing it's likely to reduce classroom civics instruction to surface-level knowledge.
April 06, 2018
The proposal draws on arguments that reading tests that focus on applying skills to generic passages disadvantage students who don't have the background knowledge to fully grasp them.