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December 17, 2013

Panel Recommends New Breed of Assessments for Science Learning

A vision for science testing, recommended by a panel of the National Research Council, would fundamentally change the current model of assessment, blending classroom-based assessments and periodic tests to "monitor" learning with information about students' "opportunity to learn."

December 12, 2013

Consortium Watch: Kansas Drops Out of Smarter Balanced Testing Group

Kansas chooses to have its state university design its tests rather than using the system being created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

December 12, 2013

Much Unknown About Testing Companies' Data-Privacy Plans, Report Shows

In a Michigan report, 12 companies vying for bigger shares of the common-core assessment market disclose new information about their plans, but many fall short of supplying the state with sufficient reassurance about their handling of student data.

December 12, 2013

A Standard Curriculum Won't Erase Gaps

Deborah Meier: How a mandated national curriculum or privatization promotes accountability or equality is a mystery to both Diane and myself.

December 11, 2013

ACT Hires Former High-Profile Schools Chief to Consult on New Test

Tony Bennett has been hired to help ACT Inc., on Aspire, its new suite of common-core assessments.

December 11, 2013

New York City Council Takes Stand Against High-Stakes Testing

New York City's governing body adopts a resolution drafted by anti-testing groups and circulated nationally as model legislation.

December 10, 2013

NAEP Committee Wrestles With Exclusion-Rate Policy

The body that sets policy for NAEP considers revising the way it reports exclusion rates to distinguish between students not permitted to take the test, and those who decline to do so because it doesn't offer the accommodations they need.

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 09, 2013

The Trouble With Testing Groups' Agreements On Student Data Privacy

Phrasing in the agreements that PARCC and Smarter Balanced signed with the U.S. Department of Education has given data-privacy advocates cause for worry about the sharing of student data.

December 06, 2013

Albuquerque School Board Rejects Sending Parents Opt-Out Letter on Testing

Albuquerque parents won't receive school district guidance detailing their rights to opt their children out of standardized testing after failed board vote.

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