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February 24, 2015

Louisiana Chief White Proposes Somewhat Familiar Common-Core Compromise

Superintendent John White revives an idea about testing that he first proposed last summer, and says tweaks to the common core may not be out of order.

February 24, 2015

Why Has the Dominance of Standardized Tests Persisted?

In this post, Jack Schneider and Paul Reville discuss the increasingly central role that standardized tests have played in public education for the past two decades.

February 23, 2015

Governors at D.C. Meeting Anxious Over NCLB Rewrite, K-12 Workforce

Governors heard updates about the possible direction of federal education law, and stressed that they needed more certainty from Washington as they work to improve schools.

February 22, 2015

Curmudgucation Digest (February 22)

Testing, testing, testing, and also, testing. Are we worried about anything else these days? Rowdy children in Newark! Oh, yeah. ESEA.

February 20, 2015

New York Keeps PARCC at Arm's Length

New York state has been dating PARCC for several years now, but it sent signals this week that it's not ready to plan a wedding.

February 20, 2015

The Twists and Turns of Arne Duncan's Testing Talk

The U.S. Secretary of Education is criticizing Republicans for not imposing limits on testing in the same breath he's calling for keeping annual, statewide assessments.

February 19, 2015

House Set to Pass NCLB Rewrite Next Friday

A new schedule would send the Republican-backed No Child Left Behind rewrite to the floor for debate Wednesday and Thursday, with a final vote scheduled for Friday morning.

February 19, 2015

Putting More Human Judgment Into Student Assessment

Deborah Meier and Joe Nathan discuss the role of performance and human judgment in school assessment systems. Do state driver's license exams offer lessons for schools?

February 19, 2015

Florida Gov. Scott Orders Suspension of 11th Grade Tests

The state's education commissioner also targets additional high school tests for elimination.

February 18, 2015

Alternative Education Track Would See New Scrutiny Under Federal Bill

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, wants to ensure parents are given more information before allowing their children to be placed in an educational track with less rigor than the general education curriculum.

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