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September 05, 2012

More Evidence of Financial-Literacy Woes in New Study

A new study finds that even among motivated students taking part in a financial-literacy competition, their level of knowledge is weak.

August 20, 2012

Sample Common-Assessment Items Released, Traffic Crashes Server

One of the state groups designing tests for the common standards released a flurry of sample items that offer an idea of what the tests might look like.

August 20, 2012

NAEP Governing Board Gets New Members

The board will have four new members, including two scholars, a school board member, and the CEO of a Chicago foundation. Two current members, including Georgia's former GOP governor, will serve second terms.

August 14, 2012

A Glimpse of What to Expect From the Common Assessments

Sample items drafted by two state consortia offer an early idea of what kinds of items will be included in the common assessments.

August 09, 2012

Assessment Consortia: Colorado Makes Its Choice

Colorado decides to commit to the PARCC consortium for common assessments.

August 07, 2012

NAEP to Expand Use of Background Data

The National Assessment Governing Board decided to expand use of the background questions posed to students who take the NAEP, or "nation's report card."

August 06, 2012

Utah Withdraws From Common-Assessment Work

Utah votes to withdraw from its common-assessment consortium.

August 02, 2012

How Valuable Are College-Placement Tests?

A new study examines what college systems are doing to gauge students' readiness for credit-bearing work, as they recognize the limitations of traditional placement tests.

July 31, 2012

ACT Withdraws From PARCC Contract

Remember last week when I posted about new types of college-and-career-readiness tests entering the marketplace from ACT, among other companies? Here is a story I just finished about that, and its interaction with the state assessment consortia's work. There are many interesting dynamics at work ...

July 25, 2012

Common Assessments: More Than Two Games In Town

Two new systems of college-and-career-readiness tests have recently announced rollouts, adding new players to a landscape dominated by the two groups of states that are designing such tests with $360 million in federal money.

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