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August 16, 2016

Half of High School Seniors Lack Access to Computer Science

A new analysis of NAEP data shows that just 22 percent of 12th graders say they've ever taken a computer science course, and more than half attend high schools that don't even offer one.

August 11, 2016

Testing Opt-Out Advocates Are White, Well-Educated, and Well-Off, Survey Says

Those involved in the opt-out movement said they were strongly motivated by opposition to test-based teacher evaluations and the private sector's influence in schools, the survey reported.

August 10, 2016

Social Media Use Linked to Low Math, Reading, Science Performance

Fifteen-year-olds who play online video games score above average in math, reading, and science, while those who engage in social networking tend to score below average, according to an analysis of international assessment data.

August 10, 2016

Who Will Run PARCC and How?

Responses to PARCC's "request for information" reflect a lot of soul-searching about how PARCC will survive, and in what form.

June 15, 2016

What Does 'Proficient' on the NAEP Test Really Mean?

A Twitter spat illustrates how complicated it can be to determine what scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress really say about student learning.

June 02, 2016

New York Releases Majority of Common-Core Test Questions

The New York state education department announced it was releasing 75 percent of the multiple-choice items from its 2016 common-core-aligned math and English/language arts tests, up from 50 percent last year.

May 24, 2016

Debate Flares Anew Over Pause for NAEP Long-Term Trend Assessment

The NAEP long-term trend assessments in reading and math won't be given again until 2024, which means there will be a 12-year gap in what had been a particularly constant set of data.

May 17, 2016

PARCC 'College-Ready' Score Reflects Rigor of College Work, Study Finds

The first study to explore how well PARCC predicts college grades and remediation finds only modest correlations to both, but concludes that PARCC's cutoff score does reflect college-level work.

May 17, 2016

Girls Outperform Boys on First NAEP Technology, Engineering Test

Girls and suburban students outperformed boys and citydwellers on NAEP's first all-digital 2014 science and technology exam, but those gaps were still dwarfed by gaps between socioeconomic and racial groups.

May 05, 2016

Survey: Classroom, Formative Tests Far More Useful Than End-of-Year Exams

NWEA, which makes the MAP tests, commissioned a poll that found educators, parents, and students value classroom testing and formative tests because they help improve teaching and learning.

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