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November 07, 2013

Few Bright Lights in New NAEP Results

The 2013 scores show no progress closing racial, ethnic and gender achievement gaps, and little progress in math and reading. One exception: 8th grade reading, which showed a 3-point improvement.

November 05, 2013

Montana Wins Federal Waiver for Testing Flexibility

State will use Smarter Balanced field tests in place of its own math and English/language arts tests in 2014.

October 30, 2013

Ed. Dept. to Calif: Testing Plan Could Cost You $15 Million

By guest blogger Alyson Klein. Cross-posted from Politics K12. Ever since California approved a bill to suspend much of its accountability testing for one year, everyone has been wondering if the feds would punish the Golden State for straying far from the accountability requirements of the No Child...

October 30, 2013

Exploring the Cost of Common-Core Tests

A new study finds that the cost of PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests won't rise by more than a few dollars per student if a substantial number of states drop out of the consortia.

October 21, 2013

Assessment Consortia: Who's In And Who's Out?

Oklahoma officially withdraws from PARCC, making eight states that are no longer participating in the two consortia. But for a few states, it's more unclear.

October 03, 2013

Montana Seeks Waiver to Replace State Tests With Field Tests

The state proposes to set aside its math and English/language tests in 2014 and have students take the Smarter Balanced field test instead.

October 02, 2013

Despite Warning From Feds, Calif. Governor Signs Test-Overhaul Law

Substituting Smarter Balanced field tests for assessments that produce results for accountability could bring a penalty on the Golden State.

October 01, 2013

Government Shutdown Postpones NAEP-TIMSS Study Release

The report uses assessment scores to show how U.S. states stack up to nations around the world on math and science achievement.

October 01, 2013

State Chiefs Set Criteria for 'High-Quality' Assessment

The Council of Chief State School Officers urges testmakers and the two state consortia to create large-scale assessments that reflect good instructional practice.

September 30, 2013

What High-Scoring Countries Do Right in Math, Reading, and Science

A new study analyzes key factors in schools, homes, and teacher practice that correlate with high achievement on the TIMSS and PIRLS exams of math, science and reading.

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