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October 26, 2010

Study Finds Wide Variations in Test Cutoffs for 'Proficient'

A new study documents substantial gaps among states in what they expect students to master.

October 04, 2010

U.S. Ed Department Awards Grants for Spec Ed Assessments

The U.S. Department of Education announces $67 million in grants to groups of states to design tests for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities.

September 28, 2010

Race to Top Assessment Consortia Get More Money

State assessment consortia get more money from federal officials.

September 23, 2010

College Admissions Exam Smackdown: Another Round

Those of you who were interested in the recent annual SAT report might recall that it yielded some interesting news about the historic rivalry between the SAT and the ACT. For the first time, more students took the ACT than the SAT, according to traditional measures. When I reported that fact in ou...

September 21, 2010

Reading Roundup: First Curriculum, Then Assessment

An author of the common standards cautions against developing tests for the common standards before developing curriculum.

September 13, 2010

SAT Scores: A New Group Shifts the Picture

The College Board includes a previously excluded group of students in its annual report, which lowers test scores a point but allows it to claim that it maintains a popularity edge over rival ACT.

September 09, 2010

Georgia Plans to Require Science as a Measure of AYP

Georgia is planning to require all elementary and middle schools to use science achievement as a factor in making AYP under the No Child Left Behind Act.

September 08, 2010

Reading Roundup: An Angry Board of Ed, Gates Report

A few bits to peruse on this late summer morning: • The Maryland board of education gets on its biggest district's case for the controversial curriculum contract it signed with Pearson (more about that contract here). • Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting outfit here in Washington, takes ...

September 07, 2010

Race to Top Assessments: Experts Weighing In Today

The blogosphere hasn't exactly been spilling over with chat about the Race to the Top assessment grants awarded last week. (See story here, more on Ed Sec Arne Duncan's speech here, and details about how the consortia were judged here.) If you are craving more dialogue about these potentially influ...

September 03, 2010

How Reviewers Rated the Race to Top Assessment Contenders

A look at the scoring sheets offers some insight into the winners—and the review process.

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