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August 22, 2013

ACT Lures Top Talent From College Board

The head of research and development for the College Board joins rival ACT, as the two organizations stake out turf in the common-assessment world.

August 21, 2013

Defending the Common Core

One of the organizations that strongly backs the Common Core State Standards takes on some of the flash points in the debate about them.

August 20, 2013

Testing Consortium Previews Test With Sample Items

To help educators prepare for instruction in the coming school year, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, released another round of sample math and English/language arts items.

August 09, 2013

What Should Guide U.S. Ed. Dept.'s Peer Review of Assessments?

The federal agency solicits public and expert input as it revises the way it reviews states' assessments.

August 05, 2013

Planned NAEP Cuts to Hit Science, Transcript Study, Long-Term Trends

The NAEP governing has voted to scale back some forthcoming testing in response to federal sequestration.

August 02, 2013

Pennsylvania Stays In Consortia, But Won't Use Tests

A few weeks back, the two state consortia developing common-core assessments were getting word from Pennsylvania officials that the state planned to withdraw. Now the Keystone State has clarified that it will remain a member of PARCC and Smarter Balanced, but it will not use either consortium's ass...

August 02, 2013

Ed Dept.: Test Consortia Can Have Fewer Than 15 States

Grant rules required that each of the two assessment consortia have 15 members to qualify for federal funding, but that clear line is now "a dotted line," an Education Department official said.

August 01, 2013

PARCC Sees Dip in Confidence Poll of Washington 'Insiders'

A new survey caps tumultuous few weeks for PARCC, which has seen several state members drop out or decide not to use its tests.

August 01, 2013

Secretary Duncan Names Members to NAEP Governing Board

Four of the individuals named today are serving an additional term, while the only new member is a former New Jersey education commissioner.

July 29, 2013

PARCC Proclaims Strong State Commitment Despite State Withdrawals

Testing-consortium officials reach out to reporters to bring attention to the states that are fully committed to field-testing the exam in 2014.

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