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December 16, 2016

California, U.S. Department of Education Keep Up Fight Over Science Testing

California is vowing to appeal after the department denied the state's request for a waiver that would have let it skip standardized tests in science for two years.

December 14, 2016

PARCC Undertakes a Major Restructuring (Again)

The PARCC assessment consortium remakes itself once more, making it easier for states to buy its test content, a move designed to share what it sees as a superior assessment and ensure its long-term survival.

December 07, 2016

PISA: U.S. Students Interested in STEM, but Scores Are Stagnant

American students' scores in math and reading on the Program for International Assessment have not improved since 2009, and math scores have gone down.

September 06, 2016

State Testing Snafus Likely Produced Dips and Gains in Student Scores, Study Says

A new study of disruptions in Smarter Balanced testing finds that the problems likely caused both dips and gains in scores.

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.

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