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September 17, 2013

U.S. Ed. Dept. Issues Guidance on 'Double-Testing' Flexibility

The Education Department offers states the chance to suspend their current tests this spring if they give common-core-aligned field tests in math and English/language arts, and if students take full-length tests in both subjects.

September 13, 2013

California Changes Spark Confusion About High School Testing

As California plans a shift to Smarter Balanced field tests, high school educators are unclear about which tests from the old system will remain in place, causing confusion as the year begins.

September 12, 2013

Thorny Questions Arise About Use of Field-Test Results

One state's plan to gather and use data from Smarter Balanced's field test raises delicate issues of what constitutes proper use of test data.

September 11, 2013

Assessment Consortium Votes on Privacy of Student Data

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium takes the first step toward creating a policy to protect student-level data, and clarifies the testing window for states.

September 09, 2013

Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan Warns California Not to Suspend Tests

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tells the Golden State that he couldn't "in good conscience" approve its proposed suspension of accountability testing.

September 09, 2013

Common Core: What Lies Between Standards and Tests?

New paper explores the work of a state, a district and a technical-service provider in putting the common standards into practice.

September 05, 2013

California Proposes Major Assessment Changes

The Golden State considers tossing out the bulk of its state testing system so it can field-test the common-core exams on a larger scale.

August 28, 2013

States Eye Changes as They Move Toward Common Assessments

A new study finds that some states are considering assessments other than those being designed by the two state testing consortia.

August 27, 2013

Calculators and the Common Core: Change Afoot With New Exams

The common-core exams will include rules for calculator use that will be a change for many states and are likely to influence regular classroom use.

August 23, 2013

U.S. Dept. of Ed. Proposes Ending Testing Under Modified Standards

This would be the last year that the so-called "two percent tests" could be used for accountability, according to a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Education.

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