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October 26, 2015

NAEP and Common-Core Math Show 'Reasonable' Overlap, Study Says

A new study looking at the relationship between the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the Common Core State Standards for mathematics finds that the national test falls short on assessing some of the common standards.

October 21, 2015

If Math and Reading NAEP Scores Fall, Who's to Blame?

The newest round of math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the "nation's report card," are due out early next week, and some are saying they're likely to have fallen.

October 08, 2015

Q&A: Ed. Dept.'s Ted Mitchell Talks ESEA, Turnover, and Education Philanthropy

The U.S. Department of Education's undersecretary covered a range of topics in a one-on-one interview at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's recent learning forum.

October 07, 2015

Gates Foundation Staying the Course on Teacher Effectiveness, High Standards

Bill Gates says his foundation remains committed to its current work in supporting the use of high academic standards and helping teachers improve through evaluation systems that provide useful feedback.

October 06, 2015

Former Smarter Balanced Chief Joins Board of 'Nation's Report Card'

Joe Willhoft is one of four new appointees to the panel that decides content and policy for NAEP.

September 25, 2015

Federal Peer-Review of Tests Begins Again

New, eagerly awaited guidance from the U.S. Department of Education says states will have to undergo review of their standards and tests within four to eight months.

September 23, 2015

New Standards, Rising Test Scores in Texas: What Does It Mean?

Texas defied common wisdom by ratcheting up math standards and producing the same or better performance on state tests.

September 16, 2015

Illinois' Early PARCC Results: Fewer Than 40 Percent Meet Expectations

Test results aren't yet final, because they don't include all groups of students, or the results of tests taken with paper and pencil.

September 10, 2015

UPDATED: PARCC Sets Cut Scores for Test, But Won't Say What They Are

The consortium's governing board says it can't disclose cut scores, or what portion of students performed at each level of the test, until states finalize their test data.

September 08, 2015

Four-Day School Week Linked to Higher Math Scores

A recent study found a positive relationship between switching to a shorter school week and the percentage of students scoring at the proficient or advanced levels on math tests.

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