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March 17, 2014

Arne Duncan Points State Chiefs to 'Common-Sense Middle' on Testing

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said states need to take a balanced approach to assessments and use common-core tests wisely without relying on them too heavily.

March 14, 2014

Parents Pressured to Rethink Opting Students Out of State Testing

Parents choosing to refuse state-mandated testing for their children say they're facing many challenges to assert what they believe to be their right.

March 14, 2014

Smarter Balanced Group Delays Field-Testing by One Week

The additional time will allow for some final "quality checking" of the trial assessments' features beginning later this month.

March 13, 2014

Improve Democracy, Not Tests

Meier: Let's keep improving on democracy rather than testing.

March 12, 2014

Virginia Superintendent Wright Set to Retire Later This Year

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright will leave the department in May, as Virginia's education policy landscape undergoes key shifts.

March 11, 2014

Idaho Lawmakers to Consider Parental-Rights Legislation

Idaho parents seeking a stronger say in their children's education may get a boost from a bill being considered by lawmakers this month.

March 11, 2014

NEA Pushes Legislation to Reduce Testing

The federal footprint on standardized testing would shrink under a bill set to be introduced by Reps. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., that has major backing from the largest teachers union.

March 11, 2014

Testing, Truth, and Consequences

Pondiscio: Fair-minded readers might applaud the mindset that asks not simply, "What does this test measure?" but also, "What kind of classroom practice does this test encourage?"

March 10, 2014

Another Helping of Hoosiers: Teacher Licensure, Common Core, and More

Issues that will occupy Indiana education officials include potentially problematic changes to teacher licensure, and a new state assessment to match Indiana's forthcoming new standards.

March 07, 2014

Texas Spoke Too Soon: U.S. Ed. Still Working With State on Waiver

Contrary to what Texas announced yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education has not denied its request for a waiver to help it avoid testing Algebra 1 students twice.

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