March 2016 Archives

A national analysis identifies policies states can adopt to promote dual-enrollment programs, but also finds evidence of concerns about course quality.


Only 32 percent of students live in states that are using PARCC or Smarter Balanced statewide in 2015-16, a sharp drop from last year.


Education Week's survey of all states shows three key shifts in testing, including a continued tilt toward requiring the SAT or ACT, and an erosion of PARCC and Smarter Balanced strength at the high school level.

The correlation of higher AP performance with the practice of tracking raises difficult questions for educators who want to build a preparation pipeline in middle school.


The new test is aimed at 10th graders, the same group of students who take the rival College Board's PSAT.


A high school district in Illinois becomes the first to pilot a more inclusive definition of college readiness.


If states want to align their actions with their goals, they should consider reporting publicly the things that really matter, according to a new report by Achieve.


The graduation-rate advantage serves wealthier students better than those from low-income families, but it still has a beneficial effect on less-affluent students.


John B. King Jr., the Education Department's top official, urges federal lawmakers to reauthorize the big career-tech-ed law, but few are optimistic that Congress will get it done anytime soon.


A modest increase in the number of students taking the SAT is fueled largely by state or district programs that offer, or require, the college-entrance exam. Outside those programs, numbers have dropped sharply.


'Negotiated rulemaking' has the potential to shape federal testing mandates, particularly at the high school level.


One Nevada principal wears a bell around her neck, so students can hear her approaching and get ready to do something good.


Nearly all of those excluded from the March 5 SAT are test-prep professionals, but the College Board won't confirm that it was targeting that sector.


The bill would allow districts, and parents, to choose which tests their child should take instead of the statewide assessment.


The last-minute move was prompted by indications that large numbers of people were taking the SAT for reasons other than financial aid, scholarships or college admissions.


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