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May 03, 2011

Group Urges Testing Consortia to Report Mean Scores

A Washington research group urges the state assessment consortia to heed key design features that maximize usefulness of the data.

April 25, 2011

Should Congress Tie Title I Aid to Common Standards, Tests?

A Washington think tank recommends that Congress tie federal Title I money to adoption of the common standards, or equally rigorous college- and career-ready standards.

April 19, 2011

Technological-Capacity Questions Dog Assessment Consortia

Experts caution the two assessment consortia to attend to technological-capacity issues in states and districts.

April 18, 2011

Assessment Consortia: New Shifts in Membership

New Jersey and Oklahoma drop the SMARTER Balanced Consortium and work exclusively with PARCC.

April 13, 2011

Science, Math Play Key Roles in High School Coursework

A new study from NAEP shows the key roles that math and science play in students' high school coursework.

April 11, 2011

Pearson Solicits Input About Transition to Online Testing

Pearson solicits help in brainstorming about the best ways for states to transition to online testing.

April 08, 2011

DNA? Atoms? What Science Students Know, and Don't Know

A new website from a prominent scientific body probes the concepts students know and those where they have misconceptions.

March 30, 2011

To Test Annually or Not, Mr. President? That Is the Question

President Barack Obama's comments about testing students less raise questions for the consortia of states that are designing tests for the common standards.

March 18, 2011

Writing, Performance Tasks Dumped From Missouri Exams

Missouri drops performance tasks and essay writing from its state exams, echoing a move Maryland made in 2002. Both raise questions for the state consortia designing new tests for the common standards.

March 15, 2011

GED Program to Phase In Computer-Based Testing

The GED will become available via computer in four states this spring.

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