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May 20, 2010

New Urban NAEP Results Out: 8th Graders See Small Gains

New NAEP results show that 8th graders in large cities posted small gains in reading over the past two years.

May 19, 2010

Texas Board Back for Last Round in Social Studies Debate

The Texas state board of education is expected to wrap up work on controversial new social studies standards this week.

May 18, 2010

Additional Players in Race to Top Assessment Contest?

The ETS, College Board and Pearson Learning form a new collaborative on assessment to support the Race to the Top initiative.

May 14, 2010

Why the Race to Top Assessment Competition Is Important

The former education director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation argues that states have a grand opportunity in the Race to the Top assessment competition.

May 07, 2010

More Contenders for Race to Top Assessment Competition?

The College Board and ACT Inc., are soliciting state interest in forming consortia to apply for Race to the Top money for high school end-of-course tests.

May 06, 2010

More on That Mystery Consortium in RTT Test Contest

More details emerge about a consortium planning to apply for Race to the Top Assessment money.

May 04, 2010

Race to Top Test Competition: Who's in the Game?

Remember that other Race to the Top competition? The one that will dole out $350 million for development and implementation of assessments aligned to common standards? Well, we have our first official indication of who's going to apply for that money. Those of you wonky enough to have followed ever...

April 29, 2010

State-by-State Flashcards on the Common Standards

I don't know about you, but I've still got a student living under my roof, so I see flashcards in use from time to time at my kitchen table. (Yes, even in this tech-heavy age, even at the high school level, some of her teachers suggest that students memorize certain things by making flashcards.) Th...

April 15, 2010

Maine's Schools Chief Steps Down to Lead Test Consortium

Just minutes ago, we were telling you about how those assessment consortia are evolving in their bids for Race to the Top money. Now comes the news that Susan Gendron, Maine's commissioner of education, is leaving her job to help lead one of those consortia. The news left one state lawmaker lamenti...

April 15, 2010

Race to Top Assessment Consortia: Comparability Is Key

The leaders of the common standards initiative are pushing to make different common assessments comparable across states.

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