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June 23, 2017

Under ESSA, an End to the 'Narrowing of the Curriculum'?

Some states will use more than math and English/language arts exams to judge school quality.

June 13, 2017

Still Facing Exam Pushback, New York State Moves to Cut Testing Days

New York will cut from three to two the number of testing days for elementary and middle school students.

June 06, 2017

Testing Opt-Outs Threaten School Equity, Measurement Group Says

A group of testing experts says that opt-out could jeopardize the ability to target educational resources appropriately.

May 08, 2017

Smarter Balanced to Embed Desmos Online Graphing Calculator In Math Tests

The Smarter Balanced test group announced today it has partnered with Desmos, a company that created a free online graphing calculator that is giving Texas Instruments a run for its money.

February 27, 2017

Smarter Balanced Looks to Combine Common-Core and College-Entrance Tests

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium put out a request for proposal today seeking a partnership to create a test that both measures standards-mastery and can be used for college admissions.

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.

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