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August 25, 2009

Testing ELLs, Spec. Ed. Students on the NAEP: Feds Seek Public Input

You want more uniform policies for the NAEP, when it comes to testing students with disabilities and English language learners? Federal officials want your input.

August 25, 2009

Initiative Boosts AP Passing Scores, Group Says

The National Math and Science Initiative, which seeks to provide training to teachers to lead AP classes, as well as cash incentives, appears to be showing results.

August 20, 2009

U.S. Students in the Middle of the Pack on International Tests

Students in the United States show little distinction compared with most other countries in reading, mathematics, or science at any grade level or age, according to a special analysis released this week by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.

August 04, 2009

A Critique on Testing

Teaching to the test is not a problem in schools as long as it is the right test, argue a couple of commentators in an on-line debate, "What Do School Tests Measure?," published by the New York Times this week.

August 04, 2009

In Britain, Judging the Quality of Tests Through the Ages

Britain's Tory party proposes an online database of national tests, from different eras.

July 16, 2009

Yapping About the Achievement Gap

Plenty of state reaction to the recent NCES study on the disparity between white and black students.

July 14, 2009

White-Black Achievement Gap: Stagnation Among Older Students

A new study re-examines the white-black achievement gap. It seems likely to prompt re-examinations of the No Child Left Behind Act, too.

June 22, 2009

Testing Science and Scientific Inquiry

From Guest Blogger Stephen Sawchuk I went to a really interesting session yesterday about ways testing experts are using computer technology to measure science content in novel ways. Basically, the computer offers ways of testing students' knowledge of science and the scientific process, as well as...

June 22, 2009

Testing: Tidbits From Los Angeles

From Guest Blogger Stephen Sawchuk As you may have read from my regular blog, Teacher Beat, I'm out in Los Angeles at the Council of Chief State School Officers' annual conference on student assessment. This year, eschewing a formal keynote panel, the organizers decided to do something different&m...

May 20, 2009

Walter Kirn, "Meritocracy," and Stephen Colbert

The novelist and critic Walter Kirn was a guest on Stephen Colbert's show last night, discussing his new book, "Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever." Kirn's book, according to the description I've read, is a memoir recounting his transition from rural Minnesota to Princeto...

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