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June 13, 2011

Could NCLB Waivers Affect Common Standards, Tests?

The U.S. Department of Education's announcement that it will grant waivers to NCLB requirements could raise questions for states helping design common assessments.

June 09, 2011

California Takes Sides in Assessment Development Work

California drops out of one assessment consortium and joins another, as states work to design tests for the common standards.

June 07, 2011

States Submit Plans for Testing ELLs on Common Standards

The two groups of states, one led by California and the other by Wisconsin, are pursuing $10.7 million in federal aid to create exams on English-language proficiency.

June 03, 2011

NRC Study Raises Questions About Test-Based Incentives

The National Research Council says the academic benefits of test-based incentive programs have been "quite small."

May 16, 2011

Computer-Adaptive Testing Poses Challenges, Expert Warns

Key challenges accompany the endeavor to move from paper-and-pencil tests to computer tests, including the need for a larger and better-designed pool of test, enough computers, and the money to pay for it all.

May 13, 2011

UPDATED: Counterpunches on Common Curriculum

Organizers of a manifesto against common standards, curriculum and tests launch another volley in the argument with those who support them.

May 13, 2011

The Price of a GED: A Casualty of Tough Fiscal Times?

Because states set their own prices for the GED, tight budgets could drive up the price of that exam.

May 06, 2011

Moving From the Common-Assessment World to US Dept of Ed

A leader of a group working on common assessments joins the U.S. Department of Education.

May 05, 2011

Is Your Civics Knowledge a) Advanced, b) Proficient, c) Basic, or d) Below Basic?

Most U.S. students failed to reach the proficient level on the 2010 NAEP civics exam.

May 04, 2011

Experts Urge California to Join Both Assessment Groups

Two Californians urge their state to keep join both testing consortia while it figures out which group's approach is best for the state.

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