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March 28, 2013

States Can Afford Better Tests by Restructuring Costs, Study Says

States can make better assessments possible by shifting testing dollars and using technology and teachers to score tests, says a new report.

March 22, 2013

Testing Group Approves Performance-Level Descriptions

The Smarter Balanced consortium decides to affiliate with a research group for future work and defines student performance at each testing level.

March 13, 2013

Testing Consortium Reorganizes for Long-Term Survival

PARCC becomes a nonprofit to help it stay afloat after federal money runs out in 2014.

March 05, 2013

Assessment Consortium Releases Testing Time Estimates

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers estimates that its tests will take 8 to 10 hours.

February 26, 2013

Remediation Required of Students Who Don't Need It, Studies Say

New studies showing flawed use of placement tests could open the door to the common assessments.

February 21, 2013

Survey: Washington 'Insiders' Pessimistic About Common Tests

A small group of Washington policy wonks says both assessment consortia are "on the wrong track" and predicts more states will drop out.

February 20, 2013

Florida Contemplates 'Backup' Tests for Common Core

State Commissioner Tony Bennett says a "Plan B" is necessary in case PARCC tests aren't ready in time.

February 19, 2013

Former Texas Chief Takes Anti-Common-Core Show on Road

Robert Scott shares his opposition to the Common Core State Standards with lawmakers in two other states.

January 28, 2013

Low-Performing Schools Could Skip Some State Tests, Under Va. Bill

Bills pending in other states show pressure to ratchet up rigor.

January 24, 2013

Seattle Teachers' Test Boycott: Reading The Tea Leaves

How big the boycott will get and what were its main triggers are open questions.

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