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December 01, 2014

PARCC Testing Begins Today for Some High School Students

About 30,000 high school students in six states will take the first official round of common-core-aligned tests created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers over the next several weeks.

November 26, 2014

PARCC Test: Students Find Math Tougher Than English/Language Arts

A new report from PARCC shows that students found the field test in math more difficult than the one in English/language arts.

November 21, 2014

Ed. Sec. Duncan Calls On NAEP Leaders to Help Shape 'Assessment 3.0'

Duncan said NAEP's role as a "truth-teller" helped catapult states into raising standards for students.

November 20, 2014

Smarter Balanced Cut Scores Spark Debate About Test Score Reporting

Vermont's objection to reporting student scores by achievement level captures key points of the debate.

November 17, 2014

Smarter Balanced Projects Proficiency Rates on Spring Tests

In a key step, the consortium decides on cut scores that are likely to cause sharp drops in the numbers of students reading and doing math at grade level.

November 13, 2014

Michigan Announces Blended Testing Plan

After lawmakers forbid the state from using the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2014-15, the state has come up with a solution that blends items from that test with those from a testing company.

November 13, 2014

Tennessee Signs Testing Contract With Measurement Inc.

The $108 million contract is the latest in a long series of assessment shakeouts in the wake of the Common Core State Standards.

November 07, 2014

Iowa Assessment Task Force Recommends Smarter Balanced

A legislative task force considered a half-dozen options, but recommended the Smarter Balanced test for 2016-17. The state will continue to give the Iowa Assessments until then.

November 06, 2014

Smarter Balanced Delays Vote on Cut Scores

States in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have decided to take more time before approving a set of cut scores for the consortium's spring test.

November 04, 2014

Smarter Balanced Field Tests Didn't Mirror Classroom Learning, Study Says

Feedback from states shows that most students didn't feel the test reflected what they were taught in class.

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