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January 06, 2016

Delaware Chooses SAT Over Smarter Balanced for High School Tests

The move is the latest in a series of states deciding to dump PARCC or Smarter Balanced for the SAT or ACT.

January 05, 2016

Big Changes in High School Testing Allowed in Every Student Succeeds Act

The newly revised K-12 education law lets states or districts use the SAT or ACT instead of standards-based tests at the high school level.

December 24, 2015

Colorado Chooses SAT Over PARCC as High School Test

The move marks yet another migration from PARCC or Smarter Balanced to the SAT, and points up the College Board's aggressive bid to win statewide contracts.

December 23, 2015

U.S. Ed. Department Asks 12 States to Address Low Test-Taking Rates

Eight states fell short of federal mandate to test 95 percent of all students. They, along with four others that fell short of the mark in certain grades or subgroups, have received warning letters from U.S. Ed.

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.

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