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April 14, 2010

Thousands of Mass. Seniors Have Yet to Pass Science Exam

About six percent of high school seniors in Massachusetts have yet to pass a science exam required to earn a diploma.

April 07, 2010

Race to Top Assessment Competition Seeks New Direction

What's the RTT assessment competition about, and what do some folks have to say about it? Read our story.

April 07, 2010

Competition Narrowing in 'Race to the Common Test'

Race to the Top assessment consortia merge into three groups.

April 07, 2010

Study Finds Key Cost Savings for Performance Assessments

A new study finds key costs savings for assessment systems that tilt more toward essays and performance-based items.

April 02, 2010

More States Leaning Toward Online Assessments, Study Finds

A new study finds that more states are using online state assessments already, or plan to be doing so in the near future. The study also found that state education leaders are really interested in open-source platforms for state accountability testing. Researchers for the study interviewed official...

March 30, 2010

Alaska Considers Common Standards

We've been writing it over and over: Forty-eight states have agreed to support the common-standards push. The two exceptions are Texas and Alaska. Is that about to change? It seems that educators in Alaska are discussing whether to adopt the standards.

March 29, 2010

Anticipating Profits From Common Standards

As you know, the common standards are up for public comment through the end of this week (more than 5,000 comments so far, sources tell me). While lots of debate has focused on whether the standards cover the right stuff, whether their level of rigor is appropriate, and whether they were developed i...

March 25, 2010

Exclusion Rates in NAEP: A Pot Still Simmering

Questions persist about the effect of exclusion rates on NAEP scores.

March 24, 2010

NAEP Reading Scores Out Today

NAEP scores in 4th grade and 8th grade reading are being released today.

March 17, 2010

Florida Measure Would Mandate Civics Class and Test

Florida legislators are eyeing a measure to require a 7th grade civics course, and to impose a new high-stakes test in the subject.

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