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March 07, 2014

Massachusetts City Defies State, Lets Students Opt Out of PARCC Test

Two cities in Massachusetts have now ignored the warnings of the state education department and allowed their parents to let their children skip the PARCC field tests.

March 07, 2014

Feds Say No, They Actually Haven't Rejected Texas' Testing Waiver Request

The Lone Star state's request was a narrow one, aimed only at state tests in Algebra 1.

March 06, 2014

Texas Loses Bid For Federal Testing Waiver

The Lone Star state's request was a narrow one, aimed only at state tests in Algebra 1.

March 04, 2014

Chicago Test Boycott Expands, Gets Support of National Union

A boycott of Illinois state tests grows, despite a warning from the state board of education that parents do not have the right to "opt their children out" of testing.

March 04, 2014

What Business Doesn't Know About Education

Pondiscio: If education has an outdated view of business, the business world can be equally clueless about education.

March 03, 2014

Justices Weigh IQ Tests' Role in Death-Penalty Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court examines intelligence testing in the context of capital punishment and how the states define those with mental retardation, who cannot face that penalty.

March 03, 2014

Consortium: Buy-In for Field Testing Has Been 'Really Hard'

With six assessment consortia all trying to field test around the same time, at least one group is saying it's been tough to find willing participants to try out the new exams.

March 03, 2014

Opting Out of Testing: A Rising Tide for States and Districts?

Under community pressure, more states and districts are having to contend with the demand for students to "opt out" of testing.

February 28, 2014

Chicago Parents Form Coalition to Promote State Test Boycott

A new alliance of Chicago-area parent groups is calling on families to skip the state assessments to protest what it calls excessive and unnecessary testing.

February 27, 2014

In Education, Bringing the Dark Matter Into the Light

In a new article for ESPN, celebrity statistician Nate Silver chronicles the rise of big data in professional sports -- and the considerable unknowns, or "Dark Matter," that remains. Sam Chaltain wonders about the implications his article has for public education -- and if it's possible for the opposing armies in the reform debates to find common ground over what should be measured in American schools, and why, and how.

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