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January 25, 2012

Va. Senate Votes to End Science, History Testing for 3rd Graders

The Virginia Senate delivered a bipartisan vote in favor of a bill that would end required state testing of 3rd graders in science and history.

January 25, 2012

States Anticipate Technology Challenges With Common Tests

A new survey of states finds that they anticipate significant technological challenges implementing tests for the common standards.

January 24, 2012

Federal Grants Promote Science Ed. for English-Learners

The NSF and U.S. Department of Education have recently issued grants to help improve science learning among English language learners.

January 17, 2012

Florida Presses NAGB on NAEP Exclusion Rates

A letter of complaint from Florida's education commissioner highlights NAEP's ongoing trouble with high rates of exclusion for students learning English and those with disabilities.

January 12, 2012

EdWeek Report: U.S. Education Under Pressure From Abroad

A special Education Week report finds the U.S. education system striving to learn lessons from other countries.

January 11, 2012

School Inspections Eyed as State Strategy in Post-NCLB Era

A new case study suggests that the English system of school inspections could be a model for states to rethink accountability.

January 03, 2012

Common Assessments: More Details Emerge

The two federally funded consortia designing tests for the common standards issue more documents that offer more details on what the tests might look like.

December 22, 2011

ED Approves Consortium's Scaled-Back Test Design

The U.S. Department of Education has "conditionally approved" a decision by one of the two consortia developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards to reduce the number of testing components in its plan.

December 22, 2011

Will NCLB Waivers Reverse Narrowing of the Curriculum?

Some states seeking federal waivers under No Child Left Behind would add assessments in other subjects to make accountability decisions.

December 15, 2011

Is Accountability Compatible With Well-Rounded Learning?

In a recent speech to social studies educators, Secretary Duncan explored the tension between "real accountability" and promoting a "well-rounded" education.

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