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February 12, 2015

Mass. Report: PARCC is Right Common-Core Test for Schools ... With Caveats

Do the two state assessments being used in the Bay State accurately measure "college- and career-readiness" of students that so many states now say is their top priority?

February 12, 2015

Oklahoma Won't Double-Test Advanced Math Students

This spring, Oklahoma middle school students who are taking advanced mathematics courses—i.e., Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry—will no longer be required to also take their grade-level math tests.

February 11, 2015

House Education Committee Approves NCLB Rewrite on Party-Line Vote

A Republican bill to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, which would significantly curtail the federal footprint in K-12, will be considered by the full House the week of Feb. 24.

February 11, 2015

Testing Meltdown in Indiana as Officials Squabble Over 12-Hour ISTEP+

Gov. Mike Pence, Superintendent Glenda Ritz, and others are seeking emergency changes to the state test after an outcry that it would take students too long to complete.

February 10, 2015

The 2016 ESEA Proposed Budget Has a Vision of Teaching

Teachers and the work they do are paramount to student achievement especially in Title I schools. So it would makes sense for ESEA funding to address teaching. The 2016 proposed budget for ESEA does this and more. The focus on teachers is not just about working conditions (i.e. class sizes, curriculum, etc.) but also about training, attracting, and retaining teachers.

February 10, 2015

Essay in The American Scholar Is Skeptical on School Reform

Education professor Mike Rose has a thoughtful essay questioning some trends in education reform in the quarterly journal of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

February 09, 2015

Three States to Decline Use of Adaptive Feature in Common-Core Tests

The decision not to use adaptive testing by three states highlights the complexities associated with a feature of the Smarter Balanced assessment.

February 09, 2015

Science Teachers Asked to Help Field-Test Energy Assessment Items

A group that partnered in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards is now asking science teachers to help field-test multiple-choice items for an assessment on energy.

February 09, 2015

Could Local Tests Be the Way Forward in an NCLB Rewrite?

Congress mulls a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act that could roll back the law's testing requirements—or let districts create their own systems, with state approval.

February 07, 2015

Anti-Testing Advocates Flood Congressional Staff Inboxes

Please Stop Punitive High Stakes Testing! That was the message that poured into the inboxes of congressional staffers taking the lead on rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act this morning ... more than 800 times.

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