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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.

April 05, 2018

With More Kids Skipping Tests, Minnesota Officials Fret Over School Accountability Implications

Could Minnesota's new plan for calculating standardized test scores negatively impact state funding for low-performing schools?

March 28, 2018

What's Wrong With the Common-Core Tests? Maybe Nothing, Analysis Says

The Smarter Balanced group rejects the argument that its test was technically flawed in 2016-17, and produces new data to back its case.

March 01, 2018

The State Testing Landscape Continues to Fragment

Twenty-three states' testing contracts expire this year, probably leading to more change in providers and tests, a new report says.

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