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August 19, 2014

Can Computerized Essay-Scoring Make Students Better Writers?

Despite the many negative associations with automated essay-scoring, there's some evidence it may actually be more effective in changing student behavior than human scoring, Annie Murphy Paul wrote recently in the Hechinger Report.

August 18, 2014

New Skirmish Over N.Y. Common-Core Tests: Artificially Boosting the Scores?

New York state K-12 officials deny that they deceived the public by gaming how recent state assessments were scored, but others aren't so sure.

August 18, 2014

National Groups Release New Standards for Educational Research Testing

National research groups have released new standards for education research testing.

August 18, 2014

Don't Hate the Standards, Hate the Test

Do you hate the Common Core or do you hate the tests that are associated with the Common Core? Do you have a hard time separating the two? Too often school stakeholders spend their energy focusing on the wrong issues and therefore never address the actual problem. Do you think it's time for a change?

August 14, 2014

Ohio Ed. Department Revises Report Cards in Data-Scrubbing Scandal

In new report cards released this week—which added the scores of more than 1,500 students—the ratings for 20 Columbus City Schools were lowered.

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.

August 14, 2014

Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core

A survey by the Education Week Research Center finds teachers less than enthusiastic about the quality of their common-core professional development, and about the alignment of their instructional materials to the new standards.

August 13, 2014

Students in Fla. Choice Program Keep Up With National Learning Gains, Study Says

Study of test scores from students receiving tax-credit scholarships in Florida to attend private schools shows little change in their learning gains from previous years.

August 12, 2014

New York Posts 'Parents' Bill of Rights' to Safeguard Student Data

Parent advocates in New York push for more specifics regarding the right to review contracts with vendors that have access to sensitive student data, news reports say.

August 07, 2014

Feds Using PARCC Test to Illegally Control Curriculum, La. Gov. Jindal Argues

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal argued that the state's use of testing from a federally funded consortium would amount to illegal control over curriculum by Washington.

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