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August 04, 2017

Everybody Loves the Nation's Report Card. But How Should It Evolve?

Board members are grappling with whether the main exams still need be administered every two years, and the relevance of a test measuring long-term educational trends.

July 19, 2017

How States Can Boost Science Learning, Thanks to ESSA

Here's what states are doing—and could be doing—about science education with the help of the new federal law.

July 18, 2017

Fla. Supreme Court Won't Hear 'Opt Out' Case

The case sought to loosen Florida's mandate that 3rd graders pass a standardized reading exam to be promoted.

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.

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