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December 09, 2013

The Trouble With Testing Groups' Agreements On Student Data Privacy

Phrasing in the agreements that PARCC and Smarter Balanced signed with the U.S. Department of Education has given data-privacy advocates cause for worry about the sharing of student data.

December 06, 2013

NAGB's Bid For Reworked Student-Background Questions Gets Pushback

The National Assessment Governing Board's early attempts to come up with new ways to use students' background information gets immediate pushback from outgoing education statistics chief Jack Buckley.

December 05, 2013

State Assessment Group Approves Privacy Rules for Student Data

As worry swirls around the use and disclosure of student-level data, PARCC issues rules that clarify that it will not share such data with the federal government. Any decisions about sharing that information lies with states, according to the new policy.

December 03, 2013

Fifteen States Seek Double-Testing Waiver From U.S. Education Department

The U.S. Department of Education has revealed the states that want to replace all or part of their 2014 tests with field tests developed by PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

November 21, 2013

California Expands Field-Testing Plans as Part of Waiver Request

The state now plans to involve all of its students in field testing in both math and English/language arts, revising a plan that got it in hot water with federal officials.

November 20, 2013

Is Mass. Leading the Way to a More Cautious Route on Common Tests?

States are increasingly taking a careful approach to using PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests for high-stakes decisions.

November 19, 2013

Massachusetts Won't Require All Schools To Give PARCC Test in 2015

The Bay State wants to take PARCC for a "test drive" for two years before deciding whether to replace its widely admired statewide test with the new assessment.

November 18, 2013

College Board Snags Chief of Federal Education Research Center

Jack Buckley, the commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, is to join the New York City testing company.

November 15, 2013

Obamacare Troubles Used To Ring Ominous Bells for Common-Core Tests

Increasingly, comparisons are being made between the rocky rollout of President Obama's signature healthcare initiative, and the 2015 debut of the common-core assessments.

November 07, 2013

Secretary Duncan Links Federal Race to Top Investments to NAEP Gains

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan trumpets NAEP gains as payoff of federal priorities, even though many states that embraced those priorities didn't soar on the national assessment.

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