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May 04, 2012

Utah To Downgrade Its Commitment to Use Common Tests

You might have heard that Utah has been surfing the waves of common-standards controversy lately. Now it appears that the standards aren't the only thing the state is uneasy about. It's also uneasy about the tests being designed for them. We are getting word that Utah plans to downgrade its members...

May 03, 2012

Civil Rights Coalition Presses Questions About GED Redesign

A civil rights coalition has scheduled a meeting with top GED officials to discuss its concerns that a redesign of the test will make it more expensive, and thus less accessible, for the low-income people who most need to take it.

May 02, 2012

NRC to Develop Framework for New Science Assessments

The National Research Council is planning to craft a framework to guide the development of new assessments aligned to a set of common, 'next generation' science standards.

April 30, 2012

Colorado's Internal Struggle Over Testing

The Colorado board of education opposes proposed legislation that would make it commit to one of the consortia that are designing tests for the common standards.

April 27, 2012

State Waiver Plans Expand Test Menu for Accountability

Some states have signaled plans to factor additional subjects, such as science and social studies, into revised accountability systems.

April 25, 2012

Assessment Consortia Offer Technology-Purchasing Guidelines

The two consortia of states designing tests for the common standards offer initial guidance on the technology specifications necessary to use the new systems.

April 20, 2012

Assessment Consortium Reverses Plan on Instructional Units

One of the state assessment consortia changes its plans to design sample instructional units.

April 12, 2012

Man vs. Computer: Who Wins the Essay-Scoring Challenge?

A new study finds little difference between the quality of essay-scoring from software programs when compared with trained human scorers.

April 04, 2012

Assessment Consortium Moves to Build Higher Ed. Links

One of the consortia designing tests for the common standards decides to make higher-education representatives voting members, reflecting the push to ensure that colleges and universities accept the test as an indicator of college readiness.

March 28, 2012

Assessment Consortia: Kentucky Makes Its Choice

Kentucky decides to throw its weight toward the common-standards tests being designed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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