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December 03, 2015

STEM Funding Streams Expanded in NCLB Rewrite

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which could soon replace the 14-year-old No Child Left Behind law, gives states and districts more opportunities to use federal funds for science, technology, engineering, and math education, advocates say, and is ultimately a huge boon for the subjects.

December 03, 2015

No Child Left Behind Rewrite Spells Out Assessment Details

Some provisions in the bill give states more power over assessment, but others protect federal influence in key ways.

December 01, 2015

Common-Core Algebra: A Barrier to Graduation in New York?

New York has redesigned its Regents algebra test, which students must pass to graduate, to align to the common core. And the scores have consequently plummeted.

December 01, 2015

Testing Trends: Blending Consortia and Non-Consortia Questions

The "blend trend" allows states to mix PARCC or Smarter Balanced items with questions from their own vendors, but it comes with a few big cautionary notes.

November 25, 2015

Fiction No Longer Dominating Reading Instruction, NAEP Analysis Shows

A researcher says there's evidence that the common core has affected 4th and 8th graders in at least one measurable way: It's got them reading more nonfiction.

November 17, 2015

Teachers Share Views of PARCC and Smarter Balanced Tests

Two new studies of teachers' experiences with the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments reveal a mix bag of criticism and praise.

November 12, 2015

PARCC Restructures, Allows States to Customize Test

As fewer states choose to use PARCC's test this year, the consortium offers states more options.

November 12, 2015

Most ACT Test-Takers Aren't Ready for College STEM Courses, Report Says

A new benchmark to measure students' readiness for first-year college courses expected for majors in STEM fields shows that only 20 percent of high school students meet that mark.

November 11, 2015

A Primer on NAEP: How the National Test Fits Into the Assessment Landscape

Exactly what kind of test is NAEP? And where does it fit in with the dozens of other assessments and the purported overtesting phenomena that we've been hearing so much about?

November 04, 2015

Three Testing Issues to Watch in Rewriting No Child Left Behind

Both the House and Senate ESEA bills keep annual tests, but they go very different ways on a lot of other assessment issues.

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