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April 23, 2013

Alaska's Standards Underwent Scrutiny For Consortium Membership

Its state standards were found to be similar enough to the Common Core State Standards that using a common-core-aligned assessment was deemed appropriate.

April 22, 2013

Alaska Joins Assessment Consortium

Even though Alaska never adopted the common standards, it has joined a consortium working to design tests for those standards.

April 22, 2013

The New York Times Defends Common Core

The influential newspaper says the Common Core State Standards initiative is "clearly the most important education reform in the country's history."

April 18, 2013

Testing Consortium Releases Draft Accommodations Policy

PARCC seeks public comment on its proposed policies governing the common assessments that students are scheduled to take in 2015.

April 16, 2013

States Exploring Alternatives to the GED

As the longtime high school equivalency test undergoes a major redesign, many states are concerned about its rising cost.

April 15, 2013

Having Rejected Common Tests, Alabama Opts for New ACT Exam

The move holds symbolic importance for the two federally funded assessment consortia, which are mindful of maintaining membership in order to stay viable.

April 08, 2013

Busting Up Misconceptions About Formative 'Assessment'

A group of researchers makes a plea for understanding formative "assessment" as a suite of teaching practices.

April 05, 2013

Should Common Assessments Use Computers to Score Writing?

The two federally funded groups designing tests for the common standards are awaiting feedback from pilot and field testing before making the decision.

April 04, 2013

Former ACT Leader to Oversee Assessment at College Board

Cynthia Schmeiser will join the College Board to oversee programs including the SAT.

April 01, 2013

Common-Assessment Groups to Undergo New Federal Review Process

The review will focus on item and task development and on how the two testing consortia will validate assessment results.

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