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February 03, 2015

How Assessment, STEM, Reading Fare in Obama's Proposed Budget

President Obama's proposed fiscal 2016 budget seeks big increases to support career and technical education, and to help states implement--and reduce--assessments.

February 02, 2015

Florida, Illinois Issue Warnings About Testing Opt-Outs

Pushed by growing resistance to tests, two states draw a line in the sand and warn against skipping state-mandated tests.

January 29, 2015

Colorado Task Force Recommends Cutbacks in Testing

Created in response to concerns about too much testing, a task force suggests Colorado drop many of its high school tests but acknowledges that NCLB limits the state's options to curb tests.

January 23, 2015

Testing Scuffles Persist, Cast Doubt on Common-Core Assessments

Assessment continues its uphill push for support, with recent outcroppings of opposition in Arizona, Indiana and Chicago.

January 16, 2015

Miss. of Board of Ed. Votes to Leave PARCC, Seek New Test for 2015-16

The Mississippi state board plans to seek a new test for 2015-16, but still plans to administer the PARCC exam this school year.

January 16, 2015

Arizona First to Require Citizenship Test for Graduation

Yesterday the Arizona legislature passed a bill that will require students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization civics test in order to graduate from high school.

January 15, 2015

Indiana Considers Moving 3rd Grade Reading Test to 2nd Grade

A state senator proposes moving the 3rd grade reading test to 2nd grade to spread out the testing burden and allow 3rd graders more time for remediation.

January 14, 2015

The Drumbeat of Kindergarten Assessment Results

The growing popularity of kindergarten-readiness tests risks sending messages that children are "lacking" even before they start school, early-childhood experts say.

January 12, 2015

What If Tests Were Only Used for Guidance, Not Consequences?

As opposition to testing rises nationally, the NAEP offers a sharp contrast: it provides insight into K-12 education without imposing consequences on anyone.

January 12, 2015

Arne Duncan to Push Annual Tests, More Resources, Early Ed. in NCLB Rewrite

The education secretary won't back away from policies the Obama administration has embraced from the get-go, a senior administration official has signaled.

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