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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.

September 04, 2014

Education Efficiency Index Gives U.S. Low Ranking

The study's authors, who ranked the U.S. 19th out of 30 countries, want policymakers to consider how they could make their educational systems more efficient.

August 14, 2014

Mixed Bag for N.Y. State Students in Second Year of Common-Core Tests

Math scores increased for New York students in the second year of common-core-aligned tests, but English/language arts scored stayed flat, according to results released Thursday.

January 14, 2014

All 50 States Now Using Testing or Student Performance for School Accountability

In 2002, only eight states used graduation rates in school accountability systems, the Education Commission of the States found; that had jumped to 44, plus the District of Columbia, in 2013.

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