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February 11, 2016

What We Know About Struggling Math Students, According to PISA Results

The latest data-heavy report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is turning up some interesting and sometimes counterintuitive details on just who is likely to struggle the most on international benchmarking tests in mathematics.

February 11, 2016

PARCC, Smarter Balanced Assessments Better at Gauging Depth, Complexity, Study Says

Evaluating how well tests measure higher-order thinking skills and focus on the most important content and skills for college readiness, PARCC and SBAC come out on top of ACT Aspire and the MCAS.

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.

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