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January 17, 2013

Public Comment Opens on Draft Common-Core Test-Accommodations Policy

One of the two state assessment consortia, PARCC, solicits feedback on two key facets of its proposed accommodations policy.

January 16, 2013

Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds

New tests are likely to plumb deeper levels of understanding, but must surmount technical, financial, and political hurdles, UCLA researchers conclude.

December 27, 2012

Top Curriculum Matters Posts of 2012

The common standards and assessments, along with a keen interest in math, drove lots of interest in blog posts on Curriculum Matters this year.

December 26, 2012

Technology Requirements for Common-Core Tests Updated

Both PARCC and Smarter Balanced have now provided more detailed guidance for the new tests' technology demands.

December 21, 2012

Draft Accommodations for Common-Core Tests Could Narrow Eligibility

Proposed accommodations could make fewer students eligible in some states, and more in others.

December 14, 2012

Assessment Group Cuts Back Diagnostic, Formative Work

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers cut back its budget for formative and diagnostic work to facilitate work on summative tests.

December 13, 2012

Assessment Group Chooses Tests for College Readiness in Math

PARCC decides to base its "college readiness" determination in math only on the exams students take at the end of each math sequence.

December 12, 2012

Global STEM Achievement Ups and Downs Since 1995

Iran, Portugal, and Singapore have seen their 4th grade science scores skyrocket since 1995, while U.S. scores have been flat. Other nations have declined.

November 27, 2012

Testing Consortium Crafts College-Readiness Definition

Twenty-five states unveil draft descriptions that will shape the tests that will be required of millions of students.

November 07, 2012

Final College-Readiness Definition Guides Test Consortium

PARCC defines the level of its test that connotes college readiness, and describes what performance at that level should look like.

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