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April 24, 2015

Designing Assessments for Competency-Based Learning

A new report explores the thorny questions involved in gauging student learning in a competency-based learning system.

April 23, 2015

New York Exam Leaked, Opt-Outs Mount

Until now, the main strategy for opt-out activists has been simply sitting out the test. Now it includes posting portions of the exam online.

April 16, 2015

PARCC Working to Shorten Its Tests

PARCC officials tell Ohio lawmakers that they're working on a redesign that would combine its two testing windows into one and make the test shorter.

April 15, 2015

Universities in Six States Agree to Smarter Balanced Definition of 'College Ready'

Nearly 200 colleges and universities agree to let students skip remedial courses if they score at the "college ready" level on the Smarter Balanced assessment.

April 07, 2015

ESEA Draft Keeps Annual Testing Schedule

The bipartisan draft of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would also require states to have challenging academic standards, and authorize a comprehensive state literacy program.

April 07, 2015

Ohio Seeks Alternative Tests for High-Performing Schools

Ohio joins a small but growing number of states that are seeking or considering federal permission to excuse some schools or districts from state-mandated tests.

April 02, 2015

Utah to Require Citizenship Test for High School Graduation

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, signed into law this week a bill that requires high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test to graduate.

April 02, 2015

Common-Core Consortium Tests: It's Been a Long Five Years

It would be an understatement to say that it's been an eventful five years since the feds offered $350 million grants to states to design tests for the common core.

March 31, 2015

NAEP Scores Show Little Progress in Students' Grasp of Vocabulary

Students in 4th, 8th and 12th grade show an interesting mix of strength and weakness in their ability to choose the right meaning of vocabulary words in context.

March 31, 2015

What Are States Doing With College-Readiness Test Results?

A new study finds that few states link their college-readiness tests to meaningful supports or opportunities for students.

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