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March 07, 2014

Massachusetts City Defies State, Lets Students Opt Out of PARCC Test

Two cities in Massachusetts have now ignored the warnings of the state education department and allowed their parents to let their children skip the PARCC field tests.

March 06, 2014

Texas Loses Bid For Federal Testing Waiver

The Lone Star state's request was a narrow one, aimed only at state tests in Algebra 1.

March 04, 2014

Chicago Test Boycott Expands, Gets Support of National Union

A boycott of Illinois state tests grows, despite a warning from the state board of education that parents do not have the right to "opt their children out" of testing.

March 03, 2014

Consortium: Buy-In for Field Testing Has Been 'Really Hard'

With six assessment consortia all trying to field test around the same time, at least one group is saying it's been tough to find willing participants to try out the new exams.

March 03, 2014

Opting Out of Testing: A Rising Tide for States and Districts?

Under community pressure, more states and districts are having to contend with the demand for students to "opt out" of testing.

February 26, 2014

'Early Implementers' of Common Core Grapple With Aligning Tests, Curriculum

Four districts that took an early and aggressive approach to implementation illustrate the difficulty of finding good instructional materials aligned to the new standards and supplying quality professional development.

February 24, 2014

'Quick and Easy' Formative Assessment Helps Fuel A Thriving New Market

Companies are clamoring to provide in quick-hit settings a range of skills that experts say are far too complex for a one-day seminar.

February 21, 2014

Mississippi Considers Requiring Minimum ACT Score for Graduation

Mississippi is considering using the ACT college test as the high school exit exam for students in public schools, reports the Associated Press—something no other state has done.

February 21, 2014

Idaho's Double-Testing Waiver: A Precedent for California?

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing Idaho to give only common-core-aligned field tests to students this spring, which means no achievement data will be produced for parents, educators, and the public.

February 20, 2014

The Latest Tool in Defending Common Core: Tin Foil Hats?

A Missouri lawmaker pokes fun at common-core "conspiracy theorists" by requesting a state appropriation to pay for aluminum foil hats.

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