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March 15, 2015

PBS Documentary Spends a Year in a Rural School District

"180 Days: Hartsville" looks at national and local educational trends buffeting two small-town South Carolina elementary schools.

March 12, 2015

Duncan on Standards, ESEA, and Why He Avoided PARCC Protesters

At the National Science Teachers Association's annual conference this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about standards and "overtesting," and was questioned on an encounter with parent protesters.

March 11, 2015

Wine and Cheese: California, Wisconsin Mull Testing's Place in Accountability

As states roll out new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, they're also considering, or reconsidering, how to use them in accountability systems.

March 11, 2015

Opt In and Think of England

As we enter testing opt-out season with its ever-increasing rising tide of test opposition, the fans of test-driven accountability have had to use every weapon in their arsenal to try to beat back the non-testing hordes who threaten modern educational progress (and corporate revenue streams). Now they've been reduced to using brute force and ridicule.

March 10, 2015

Math Consultant: Smarter Balanced Math Tests Have 'Egregious Flaws'

In a recent critique of Smarter Balanced's online practice tests for mathematics, educational consultant Steven Rasmussen argues that the assessments are "a quagmire of poor technological design."

March 10, 2015

PARCC Makes Inroads as Proxy for College Readiness

Two Colorado colleges are the first to decide to consider PARCC scores in course-placement decisions.

March 10, 2015

Chiefs for Change Announces New Focus on Big Cities, John White as New Leader

Chiefs for Change says it wishes to focus more on building a bipartisan K-12 consensus with the backing of big-city superintendents, and is ending its affiliation with the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

March 09, 2015

Cyber Attacks Partly to Blame for Florida's Testing Problems, State Says

State education and law enforcement officials say an investigation will begin to identify the origin of the attacks and the culprits behind them.

March 09, 2015

Minnesota Joins the Call to Cut Standardized Testing

Gov. Mark Dayton goes farther with his recommendations than a state task force that was created to recommend testing cutbacks.

March 06, 2015

Florida Parent Calls Police to Settle Opt-Out Dispute

Police are called to a Florida school when the principal initially refuses to allow a student to go home while classmates take a standardized test.

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