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January 09, 2015

Colorado State Board Votes to Let Districts Opt Out of PARCC

In a move that might prove to be illegal, the Colorado Board of Education voted yesterday to let school districts opt out of giving the first phase of the PARCC assessment.

January 09, 2015

State Chiefs Urge Congress to Keep Annual Tests in No Child Left Behind Rewrite

The Council of Chief State School Officers urges Congress to pass a bipartisan revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would keep the NCLB testing schedule intact.

January 07, 2015

Weird Testing Rules: No Flushing Toilets, Please

One Florida school forbid students from flushing toilets during testing last spring, prompting a group of parents to organize in opposition to certain school practices during assessment.

December 29, 2014

A 2014 Recap, and Common-Core Headlines You Probably Won't See in 2015

We round up this year's most popular blog posts, and offer some projections for next year.

December 22, 2014

How to Reduce Testing? Some Schools Dump Midterms, Final Exams

Some northern New Jersey high schools are dropping local midterms and finals in a bid to preserve instructional time.

December 16, 2014

Maryland Teachers Union Calls for Suspension of Kindergarten Tests

A survey of kindergarten teachers showed unhappiness with the amount of time the test took away from instruction.

December 12, 2014

Most Alabama Students Fall Short on Common-Core Test

The first statewide results of ACT's Aspire test show most students below the marks that indicate they're on track for success in college.

December 11, 2014

Connecticut Moves To Downplay Tests in Accountability

Yet another state tries to hammer out a new way of judging schools that doesn't rely so heavily on test scores.

December 09, 2014

Federal Legislation Would Help States Streamline Testing Systems

A new bill would allow states to use grant money to reevaluate their testing routines.

December 05, 2014

California Moves Toward New Test-Score Reporting

Federal law requires states to report student test scores in achievement levels, but leaders in the Golden State want to take a different approach.

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