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October 10, 2014

Common-Core Testing: Two States Seek Flexibility, Get Very Different Responses

Massachusetts faces no consequences from its decision to let districts choose which test to give next spring, but when Colorado explored the possibility of doing the same, the U.S. Department of Education gave it no opening.

October 09, 2014

Massachusetts Insists On Assessment Choice Despite Federal Wrist Slap

The Bay State will give districts the choice of using PARCC or MCAS this spring, even though the U.S. Department of Education said that doing so would violate federal law.

October 09, 2014

Common-Core Testing Group Announces Leadership Change

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's executive director steps down to become a technical advisor. The consortium's longtime chief operating officer becomes the new executive director.

October 08, 2014

Washington State Universities Will Use Smarter Balanced Test Scores for Placement

The decision puts teeth into an abstract promise: that the consortium's 11th grade "college ready" score actually connotes college readiness.

October 08, 2014

With Tests Looming, Much Common-Core Work Still Unfinished, Survey Says

A survey of district superintendents finds that they increasingly see the standards as a potent way to improve students' skills. But many have not fully implemented the necessary curriculum and professional development.

October 01, 2014

New York City Reduces Reliance on Test Scores in New Accountability Plan

The move follows up on the promise made by new Mayor Bill de Blasio to evaluate schools in a more holistic way.

September 29, 2014

Common-Core Math Testing: Using an Equation Editor

Both of the consortia creating common-core tests say they're improving their equation editors, but math experts say students won't have much trouble figuring out how to use them.

September 25, 2014

Common-Core Assessment Group Revises Testing Time

New figures, based on field-testing data, show that schools will have to allot 10 to 11 hours to allow students enough time to finish the tests.

September 22, 2014

Colorado Teacher Refuses to Give Common-Core Tests

The elementary school literacy coach objects to the "onslaught" of common-core curricula and the increasing load of test preparation.

September 19, 2014

New Federal Legislation Introduced to Reduce Mandated Tests

The latest piece of legislation that aims to cut back on testing would allow students in grades 3-8 to take only one test per year: English/language arts or mathematics.

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