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November 05, 2014

Smarter Balanced Reports Student Views on Field-Test Accommodations

A report from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium suggests that built-in test accommodations are easy to use, but that more students need to become familiar with them.

August 01, 2014

New York Drops Proposal for Out-of-Level Testing in NCLB Waiver Extension

The state had sought the ability to test certain students with disabilities on tests up to two years below their official instructional level.

April 18, 2014

Kansas Gets Waiver to Use Common-Core Alternate Assessments

Even though the state has withdrawn from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, it still plans to use the common-core-aligned field tests under development for students with severe cognitive disabilities.

February 25, 2014

National Federation of the Blind Settles Lawsuit Against PARCC

The common-core assessment consortium plans to work closely with the advocacy organization to create accessible field tests for blind students.

February 14, 2014

New York Sends Request for Out-of-Level Testing Flexibility to U.S. Ed. Dept.

The state has outlined several protections that it believes would protect these students, who are not able to demonstrate what they know on grade-level tests.

January 31, 2014

Education Department Official Reaffirms Commitment to Grade-Level Testing

New York is considering asking the Education Department for permission to test students at a lower grade level than their chronological age.

January 28, 2014

National Federation of Blind Sues PARCC Over Field Test

Pilot tests being developed by one of two common-core testing consortia will not allow the use of Braille or text-to-speech technology.

December 24, 2013

Students With Disabilities in Florida District Outpace Peers on NAEP

Hillsborough County, Fla., which includes Tampa, was on outlier of high performance in a year that saw test scores remain much the same as they had when the tests were last administered in 2011.

December 09, 2013

Inclusion on 'Nation's Report Card' Goes Up, But Achievement Gaps Stay Wide

More students with disabilities than ever are taking the test, but their scores in reading and math have not changed substantially for more than 10 years.

December 05, 2013

Exclusion Rates on the Agenda at Meeting of 'Nation's Report Card' Board

Maryland's high exclusion rates on the test National Assessment of Educational Progress have drawn attention and concern in some corners.

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