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March 10, 2015

Math Consultant: Smarter Balanced Math Tests Have 'Egregious Flaws'

In a recent critique of Smarter Balanced's online practice tests for mathematics, educational consultant Steven Rasmussen argues that the assessments are "a quagmire of poor technological design."

March 10, 2015

PARCC Makes Inroads as Proxy for College Readiness

Two Colorado colleges are the first to decide to consider PARCC scores in course-placement decisions.

March 09, 2015

Minnesota Joins the Call to Cut Standardized Testing

Gov. Mark Dayton goes farther with his recommendations than a state task force that was created to recommend testing cutbacks.

March 03, 2015

English Teachers' Group Seeks to 'Reclaim Assessment'

The National Council of Teachers of English reaches out to literacy teachers to explore the role assessment plays in their instruction.

March 02, 2015

Chicago Reverses Course, Will Give PARCC Test Districtwide

Chicago school officials say that the district can't risk the threatened loss of state and federal funding that could attend its refusal to give the test districtwide.

March 02, 2015

Opting Out of Testing: A Befuddling Mix of State Rules

A new research paper finds that the law in most states isn't clear about whether parents can opt their children out of testing.

February 20, 2015

New York Keeps PARCC at Arm's Length

New York state has been dating PARCC for several years now, but it sent signals this week that it's not ready to plan a wedding.

February 19, 2015

Florida Gov. Scott Orders Suspension of 11th Grade Tests

The state's education commissioner also targets additional high school tests for elimination.

February 12, 2015

Oklahoma Won't Double-Test Advanced Math Students

This spring, Oklahoma middle school students who are taking advanced mathematics courses—i.e., Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry—will no longer be required to also take their grade-level math tests.

February 09, 2015

Science Teachers Asked to Help Field-Test Energy Assessment Items

A group that partnered in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards is now asking science teachers to help field-test multiple-choice items for an assessment on energy.

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