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September 16, 2015

Preliminary Illinois PARCC Scores: Fewer than 4 in 10 Students Reach Proficiency

Proficiency rates hovered at about one-third for English/language arts, and were a bit lower in math, ranging from 17 percent proficiency on the high school math exam to 36 percent in 3rd grade math.

September 14, 2015

One Set of PARCC Test Results, Two Different Descriptions in Ohio

The preliminary results from the Buckeye State also reveal how Ohio and PARCC will describe the results differently.

September 09, 2015

Less Than Half of Students Achieve Proficiency on Calif. Common-Core Exams

California students performed better on the English/language arts section of the Smarter Balanced exam than in math, according to scores released by the department Sept. 9.

September 02, 2015

Testing Opt-Outs Cost Disqualify New York Schools From Blue Ribbon

State officials inform 11 schools that they don't qualify for the national Blue Ribbon program because their test-participation rates fell short of the required 95 percent.

July 09, 2015

Smarter Balanced Opt-Out Rates Top 25 Percent for Washington State 11th Graders

Officially, 27.4 percent of eligible students were "confirmed refusals" for taking the Smarter Balanced English/language arts exam, and 28.1 percent of them were confirmed refusals for the math exam.

July 06, 2015

Are Test Scores Proving Fears About Common-Core High School Math Correct?

In three states that released preliminary common-core test scores in July, high school students failed to meet predictions for math proficiency. Did experts warn us this was coming?

April 02, 2015

Hello McFly! What Ever Happened to Kentucky's Landmark 1990 K-12 Law?

In 1990, Kentucky adopted a sweeping K-12 policy overhaul to fix what the state Supreme Court ruled the previous year was an invalid system of public schools.

February 03, 2015

Critical Gaps Linger in States' Policies on Postsecondary Readiness, Says Report

States have made progress in upgrading assessments and standards, but they aren't necessarily well aligned to each other and to high school diplomas, the study finds.

October 03, 2014

Third-Year Scores From Common-Core Tests Released by Kentucky

Kentucky has released scores from last year's reading and math assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Scores largely increased, but significant achievement gaps remain.

September 11, 2014

New 'Leaders and Laggards' Report From U.S. Chamber: Which States Improved?

Seven years after its "Leaders and Laggards" report took states to task over their K-12 policy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows what it thinks of the K-12 landscape in 2014.

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