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June 25, 2014

Draft Criteria for Federal Reviews of State Assessments Expected This Summer

A U.S. Education Department official overseeing the process tells state assessment officials to expect the initial draft this summer, and the final in the winter, after more input and public comment.

June 20, 2014

Tennessee Quits PARCC, Leaving 15 Members

Tennessee points to a new law that rules out the use of PARCC exams in 2014-15.

June 20, 2014

Contract Dispute Could Delay Common-Core Testing, Pearson Says

The testing giant defends its won of a big PARCC contract, saying the protest by competitor American Institutes for Research has no merit.

June 13, 2014

Can Any State Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Test Items?

A small group of states wants to use PARCC and Smarter Balanced test items to make their own assessments. One has reached out to federal officials for clarification that test items should be freely available to all states.

June 10, 2014

Gates Foundation: Wait Two Years Before Attaching Consequences to Common Core

A top official from the biggest common-core funder in the country says districts and schools should wait before basing teacher evaluations and student promotion decisions on tests based on the new standards.

June 06, 2014

Most U.S. Students Won't Be Taking PARCC or Smarter Balanced Tests

Fifty-eight percent of U.S. K-12 students live in states that are not currently planning to use common tests designed by the two consortia.

May 30, 2014

Arizona Withdraws From PARCC to Avoid Bias in Procuring New Tests

The state will issue a request for proposals for new tests, and wants to create a level playing field in considering all bidders.

May 28, 2014

Award of PARCC Contract to Pearson Can Be Reviewed, Judge Rules

The ruling by a New Mexico judge halts work on the testing contract until the state purchasing department considers a challenge filed by the American Institutes for Research.

May 22, 2014

Oklahoma Ends Retention Policy for 3rd Graders Who Fail Reading Test

In Oklahoma, thousands of students will now be able to move from 3rd to 4th grade despite having failed a state standardized reading test.

May 21, 2014

Testing Landscape Fragments as More States Opt Out of Consortium Tests

An Education Week analysis of all the states' testing plans shows that although most states belong to one of the assessment consortia, many plan to use other tests in 2014-15.

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