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February 09, 2016

PARCC Considers Reorganization, Seeks Input to Shape its Future

The consortium is inviting input as it considers whether it should reorganize or replace its current Parcc Inc. nonprofit.

January 28, 2016

States Are Closing the 'Honesty Gap' in Test Results, Study Says

Yet another study documents that states are setting higher expectations for proficiency on their tests, aiming for NAEP-like levels of performance.

January 27, 2016

States Are Setting Higher Proficiency Bars on Tests, Study Finds

There's been a sharp increase in the number of states that are setting expectations closer to those of the rigorous NAEP exam.

January 20, 2016

GED Lowers Passing Score, Tens of Thousands More Could Get HS Credentials

The change was prompted by data showing that students who passed the revised GED are doing better in college than recent high school graduates.

January 06, 2016

Delaware Chooses SAT Over Smarter Balanced for High School Tests

The move is the latest in a series of states deciding to dump PARCC or Smarter Balanced for the SAT or ACT.

January 05, 2016

Big Changes in High School Testing Allowed in Every Student Succeeds Act

The newly revised K-12 education law lets states or districts use the SAT or ACT instead of standards-based tests at the high school level.

December 24, 2015

Colorado Chooses SAT Over PARCC as High School Test

The move marks yet another migration from PARCC or Smarter Balanced to the SAT, and points up the College Board's aggressive bid to win statewide contracts.

December 23, 2015

U.S. Ed. Department Asks 12 States to Address Low Test-Taking Rates

Eight states fell short of federal mandate to test 95 percent of all students. They, along with four others that fell short of the mark in certain grades or subgroups, have received warning letters from U.S. Ed.

December 03, 2015

STEM Funding Streams Expanded in NCLB Rewrite

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which could soon replace the 14-year-old No Child Left Behind law, gives states and districts more opportunities to use federal funds for science, technology, engineering, and math education, advocates say, and is ultimately a huge boon for the subjects.

December 03, 2015

No Child Left Behind Rewrite Spells Out Assessment Details

Some provisions in the bill give states more power over assessment, but others protect federal influence in key ways.

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