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April 09, 2018

Could Requiring Students to Take the Citizenship Test Do More Harm than Good?

The National Council for the Social Studies is pushing back on the policy, arguing it's likely to reduce classroom civics instruction to surface-level knowledge.

April 06, 2018

Louisiana's New Approach to Reading Tests

The proposal draws on arguments that reading tests that focus on applying skills to generic passages disadvantage students who don't have the background knowledge to fully grasp them.

April 05, 2018

With More Kids Skipping Tests, Minnesota Officials Fret Over School Accountability Implications

Could Minnesota's new plan for calculating standardized test scores negatively impact state funding for low-performing schools?

March 28, 2018

What's Wrong With the Common-Core Tests? Maybe Nothing, Analysis Says

The Smarter Balanced group rejects the argument that its test was technically flawed in 2016-17, and produces new data to back its case.

March 01, 2018

The State Testing Landscape Continues to Fragment

Twenty-three states' testing contracts expire this year, probably leading to more change in providers and tests, a new report says.

February 22, 2018

Illinois Will Step Back from PARCC Test. Is New Jersey Next?

Only a handful of states will still be offering the test in its entirety after this spring's testing season.

February 20, 2018

Good Tests Must Include Student Work, Groups Argue

A new vision for good assessment systems urges states to adopt approaches that include classroom work or performance tasks that provide meaningful gauges of student learning.

February 09, 2018

Smarter Balanced Test Scores Are Mostly Flat. Is That a Problem?

A few critics say it could be a sign of problems with the test; Smarter Balanced officials say detailed analyses are coming.

January 23, 2018

PARCC Common-Core Test Gets Federal Approval

The new decision by the U.S. Department of Education conveys unconditional approval of the PARCC test as a measurement of Maryland's standards. But that finding doesn't yet apply to its use in other states.

January 19, 2018

D.C. Will Invalidate 2 Years of Science-Test Scores

The cancellation will cause headaches for the 48,000-student district, which will have to seek a federal waiver because of the snafus.

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