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September 03, 2010

Duncan: New Assessments Will Be "Game-Changing"

As you know if you've been reading this space, Ed Secretary Arne Duncan announced the winners of the Race to the Top assessment competition yesterday. (Check our story here for a catch-up if needed.) We linked you to his speech yesterday, but it's meaty enough that it's worth revisiting today. It's...

September 02, 2010

Two State Consortia Win Race to Top Assessment Grants

Two state groups win federal Race to the Top funding to design comprehensive testing systems, and a third, vying for funding for high school tests, fails to make the grade.

September 02, 2010

Race to Top Assessment Winners to be Announced Today

Winners of the Race to the Top assessment grants will be announced this morning.

August 25, 2010

Race to Top Winners: Implications for Assessment Contest

In all the analysis of yesterday's Race to the Top winners, not much has been said about what the results might mean for The Other Race to the Top competition. (Remember that $350 million hanging out there for new assessment systems?) Just as I was thinking that I was the only one odd enough to not...

August 23, 2010

Reading Roundup: Quality Assessments and More

Some thoughts worth a look this morning: • A new report from the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University's School of Education raises flags about using the SAT and ACT to size up high school student achievement. • An EdWeek commentary takes on some of the teachi...

August 18, 2010

ACT Scores Deliver Good and Bad News

The latest round of ACT scores shows how far most students--especially black and Hispanic students---have to go to be college ready.

August 13, 2010

Idaho to Abandon Science-Exam Graduation Requirement

Idaho officials are planning to scrap a requirement that students pass a high school science exam to earn a diploma.

August 09, 2010

NAGB: Wrestling With Common Standards, Testing Exclusions

Roberto J. Rodriguez, a key education adviser in the White House, told the National Assessment Governing Board that the administration is "thrilled" with states' progress in adopting the common standards. He appeared at NAGB's quarterly meeting here in Washington last Friday to reflect on the presid...

August 04, 2010

Acquisition News in the World of Common Standards, Tests

Some players in the common-standards-and-assessments arena—folks you've been reading about here—have announced a business deal. Pearson PLC, the London-based education company, has agreed to buy America's Choice for $80 million. The agreement was announced yesterday. It still has to cle...

July 30, 2010

Race to Top Assessment Plans: A Graphic Version

Those of you who have slogged through our coverage of the Race to the Top assessment competition (story here, blog items here and here, for instance) know that those proposals are pretty hefty documents. So it's cool that the folks at the Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management decided...

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