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March 17, 2016

U.S. Ed.: No Penalties for Nevada After Smarter Balanced Testing Woes Last Year

Because of online testing problems, Nevada fell short of the federal requirement to test 95 percent of students, but the U.S. Department of Education has given the state a pass.

March 11, 2016

Arizona Might Offer Districts a 'Menu' of Standardized Tests

The state is on the verge of approving the measure, but it runs the risk of violating the Every Student Succeeds Act, which requires one test for all students statewide.

March 08, 2016

NAEP's Trial Urban District Assessment Adds Six School Districts

The districts in Clark County, Nev.; Denver, Fort Worth, Texas; Guilford County, N.C.; Milwaukee, and Shelby County, Tenn., will be part of the special NAEP report focusing on select urban districts.

March 02, 2016

3rd Grade Reading Scores in D.C. Show No Improvement

An analysis of standardized test scores in the District of Columbia found that overall 3rd grade reading proficiency rates stayed stagnant between 2007 and 2014—but declined for economically disadvantaged and black students.

February 22, 2016

Which Test Has the Toughest College-Ready Standards?

When it comes to testing difficulty, the college-ready benchmarks set for the PARCC tests may be generally tougher than those for the Smarter Balanced assessments, ACT Aspire, and most other state assessments, according to a new analysis.

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.

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