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November 18, 2018

Is 'Proficient' Insufficient? A New Wrinkle in the Debate Over NAEP Achievement Levels

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.

September 19, 2018

A Test to Assess Creativity? It's in the Works

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 Will Be the Next State to Drop the PARCC Common-Core Test

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' Common Core Test Gets Thumbs Up from the Feds

Smarter Balanced has gotten its first approval under the U.S. Department of Education's testing peer-review process.

May 31, 2018

PARCC Sets the Tougher Bar Among Shared Tests, Study Shows

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

Which States Expect the Most or Least From Students?

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

Grieving Parkland Community Asks For More Standardized-Testing Flexibility

Gov. Rick Scott says the legislature must approve any additional waivers—and it doesn't meet again for months.

April 10, 2018

Measuring New Science Standards Is Hard. These Projects Aim to Change That

The AAAS launches a new project to develop assessment scenarios that measure the NGSS' energy standards.

April 09, 2018

Could Requiring Students to Take the Citizenship Test Do More Harm than Good?

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

Louisiana's New Approach to Reading Tests

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.

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