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July 01, 2013

Thousands of AP Studio Art Portfolios Assessed in Salt Lake City

Unlike most AP offerings, the three studio-art programs dispense with the traditional pencil-and-paper exam in favor of student portfolios of artwork.

June 28, 2013

NAEP Report: A Closer Look at Trends in the Achievement Gap

Much of the historic narrowing of achievement gaps highlighted in a new NAEP report was accomplished by the late 1980s.

June 27, 2013

NAEP Data Show Achievement Gaps Closing Over Long Haul

U.S. achievement for 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds has increased since the early 1970s in reading and math, but for 17-year-olds there's no measurable difference.

June 27, 2013

PARCC Approves Test Performance-Level Descriptions by Grade, Subject

New documents describe what students need to demonstrate to show achievement at each of the five levels of PARCC's test in literacy and math.

June 27, 2013

Testing Group Delays Some Components for One Year

PARCC will take an extra year to deliver diagnostic, midyear, and K-1 pieces of its system, so it can meet the deadline for summative tests.

June 24, 2013

Pennsylvania Signals Departure From Test Consortia

The Keystone State joins a slowly growing list of states participating in neither of the two big groups of states designing tests for the common standards.

June 20, 2013

Experts Urge States To Stay Course on High-Quality Assessments

Top assessment experts craft five criteria they consider crucial to designing new and better tests of what students know.

June 10, 2013

Texas Testing Scaled Back Under Measure Signed by Governor

Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas today signed legislation to rewrite state graduation requirements, reducing from 15 to five the number of end-of-course exams students must pass to earn a high school diploma.

May 29, 2013

Testing Holiday for High Achievers Offered Under Texas Bill

Texas lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would allow high-performing students to skip some of the state's reading and math tests.

May 29, 2013

Figuring Out Accountability During the Common-Core Transition

The next couple of years will be rough going. That's no surprise to anyone who's been tracking the Common Core State Standards and waivers from key parts of the No Child Left Behind Act. Those big movements have pressed states into changing academic expectations, curricula, teacher evaluation, accou...

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