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August 26, 2014

Vermont Board of Education Blasts Misuse of Standardized Tests

In a new set of guiding principles for assessment, the Vermont board calls on Congress to change the No Child Left Behind Act and embrace 'judicious' approaches to testing.

August 25, 2014

Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment

The PARCC consortium drops some items from its literacy test, saying that it could still test the standards sufficiently with fewer items.

August 21, 2014

U.S. Ed. Sec. Duncan: Too Much Testing Costs Teachers and Students 'Precious Time'

U.S. Education Secretary identifies bad tests, and too much testing, as key problems, but doesn't provide details yet on what the department might do about them.

August 19, 2014

Can Computerized Essay-Scoring Make Students Better Writers?

Despite the many negative associations with automated essay-scoring, there's some evidence it may actually be more effective in changing student behavior than human scoring, Annie Murphy Paul wrote recently in the Hechinger Report.

August 14, 2014

Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core

A survey by the Education Week Research Center finds teachers less than enthusiastic about the quality of their common-core professional development, and about the alignment of their instructional materials to the new standards.

August 07, 2014

After Uproar, New York Releases Standardized Test Questions

Following accusations that questions on the New York standardized tests given this spring were developmentally inappropriate and included product placement, state education officials made half the questions available online.

August 07, 2014

Iowa Announces Withdrawal From Smarter Balanced Testing Group

The governor and state schools chief cite their desire for an assessment that's "the right fit for Iowa."

August 04, 2014

4th Graders Struggle With Icons, Directions on Computer-Based Tests

Fourth graders struggled with some of the most basic functions on a computer-based writing assessment, according to a recent federal study.

August 04, 2014

Smarter Balanced Invites Public to Help Set Test Cutoff Scores

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is using a crowd-sourcing element in its work to set the achievement cut scores on its tests.

August 01, 2014

A Closer Look at a Math Performance Task From PARCC

A group of Maryland math educators take a close look at a 4th grade performance task, and several are surprised by the level of advanced thinking it requires.

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