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August 29, 2014

Consequences Uncertain for First District to Opt Out of State-Required Tests

The state department of education has said nothing about what might happen to Lee County in the wake of its decision to boycott state-required tests.

August 28, 2014

Florida District Becomes First in Nation to Opt Out of State Testing

After an emotional, there-hour hearing, the Lee County school district becomes the first to refuse to participate in state-mandated testing.

August 26, 2014

Kentucky Denied Flexibility on Science Testing by Federal Officials

The Kentucky education commissioner blasted the U.S. Department of Education in a recent blog post for rejecting his state's request for a one-year waiver on science assessments.

August 26, 2014

Vermont Board of Education Blasts Misuse of Standardized Tests

In a new set of guiding principles for assessment, the Vermont board calls on Congress to change the No Child Left Behind Act and embrace 'judicious' approaches to testing.

August 25, 2014

Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment

The PARCC consortium drops some items from its literacy test, saying that it could still test the standards sufficiently with fewer items.

August 21, 2014

U.S. Ed. Sec. Duncan: Too Much Testing Costs Teachers and Students 'Precious Time'

U.S. Education Secretary identifies bad tests, and too much testing, as key problems, but doesn't provide details yet on what the department might do about them.

August 19, 2014

Can Computerized Essay-Scoring Make Students Better Writers?

Despite the many negative associations with automated essay-scoring, there's some evidence it may actually be more effective in changing student behavior than human scoring, Annie Murphy Paul wrote recently in the Hechinger Report.

August 14, 2014

Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core

A survey by the Education Week Research Center finds teachers less than enthusiastic about the quality of their common-core professional development, and about the alignment of their instructional materials to the new standards.

August 07, 2014

After Uproar, New York Releases Standardized Test Questions

Following accusations that questions on the New York standardized tests given this spring were developmentally inappropriate and included product placement, state education officials made half the questions available online.

August 07, 2014

Iowa Announces Withdrawal From Smarter Balanced Testing Group

The governor and state schools chief cite their desire for an assessment that's "the right fit for Iowa."

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