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August 07, 2015

More States Move to SAT, ACT for High School Accountability

Connecticut's announcement that it will use the SAT instead of Smarter Balanced for 11th graders highlights a trend toward using college-admissions tests for accountability.

August 06, 2015

Washington State Decides on Smarter Balanced Graduation Score

Because the state is still adapting to the common core, it decides to allow graduating seniors to score below the college-readiness level.

July 27, 2015

Free AP Lessons Offered Online in Calculus, Physics, Macroeconomics

A MOOC-provider teams up with the College Board to release materials aimed at students who are underrepresented in AP classes.

July 17, 2015

A High School That Bets Big on 'Authentic' Assessment

We profile a New York City high school where students have to explain and defend their ideas in major year-long projects in order to earn their diplomas.

July 09, 2015

Prior to Common-Core Tests, Some States Raised the Bar for 'Proficiency'

A new study shows that many states have upped their standards for what it means to be labeled proficient, a change that some attribute to the advent of the common-core standards.

July 07, 2015

NEA: We Support Test Opt-Out, Oppose Common-Core Tests for Teacher Evaluations

The National Education Association votes to oppose the use of PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests for teacher evaluation.

July 06, 2015

Are Concerns About Common-Core High School Math Standards Proving True?

Smarter Balanced test scores released by three states show that students are largely beating states' projections for student performance—except for on the high school math tests. Did experts warn us this was coming?

July 02, 2015

Wisconsin Law Requires ID of Schools That Send Unprepared Students to College

A new law in Wisconsin requires the state to examine high schools that sent more than six students to college who needed remediation.

June 29, 2015

PARCC Facing Challenges as Ohio, Arkansas Back Away

PARCC faces the loss of two states, but says it is optimistic it can maintain the test cost for remaining states.

June 26, 2015

The Art of Reporting Common-Core Test Results

New York and Kentucky, which gave common-core tests before other states did—and navigated the public reaction—share their experiences as dozens of other states get ready to do the same.

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