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July 25, 2014

Federal Study Probes Readiness of 4th Graders for Computer-Based Writing Tests

Fourth graders are capable of using a computer to type, organize, and write well enough to be assessed, a federal pilot study finds. But whether a computer-based test can effectively measure their abilities remains to be determined.

July 15, 2014

College Board, ETS Apologize for 'Racist' T-Shirts Sold at AP History Grading Event

The College Board and Educational Testing Service have issued an apology about T-shirts bearing racially charged caricatures of Chinese politicians that were distributed at a grading event for the Advanced Placement World History exam last month.

July 14, 2014

AFT Takes Key Steps on Standards, Accountability

At its convention in Los Angeles, the American Federation of Teachers approved a resolution calling for greater educator involvement in implementing the common-core standards.

July 11, 2014

What Will the AFT Do About Common Core?

Two resolutions floating around the AFT convention in Los Angeles offer very different positions on the common core.

July 07, 2014

NEA Delegates Talk Common-Core Math

Members of the teachers' union generally said they like the common standards, but lack resources and are scared about what testing will bring.

July 03, 2014

N.M. Ruling Rejects Protest of Pearson's Common-Core Testing Contract

New Mexico's state purchasing agent, Lawrence O. Maxwell, has denied a protest of a major common-core testing contract that was filed by the American Institutes for Research.

June 25, 2014

Draft Criteria for Federal Reviews of State Assessments Expected This Summer

A U.S. Education Department official overseeing the process tells state assessment officials to expect the initial draft this summer, and the final in the winter, after more input and public comment.

June 20, 2014

Tennessee Quits PARCC, Leaving 15 Members

Tennessee points to a new law that rules out the use of PARCC exams in 2014-15.

June 20, 2014

Contract Dispute Could Delay Common-Core Testing, Pearson Says

The testing giant defends its won of a big PARCC contract, saying the protest by competitor American Institutes for Research has no merit.

June 13, 2014

Can Any State Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Test Items?

A small group of states wants to use PARCC and Smarter Balanced test items to make their own assessments. One has reached out to federal officials for clarification that test items should be freely available to all states.

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