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December 08, 2014

The Common Core Journey

Teachers transitioning to the Common Core are all driving on a road that's dark except for the final destination. We have the added burden of building and modifying the car as we drive it, because there is no one curriculum to follow.

December 05, 2014

Wary of Proficiency Rates, California Eyes New Reporting Method for Test Scores

It will be interesting to watch how the Golden State attempts to walk the line between having to report achievement in categories, and wanting to use scale scores.

December 05, 2014

California Moves Toward New Test-Score Reporting

Federal law requires states to report student test scores in achievement levels, but leaders in the Golden State want to take a different approach.

December 04, 2014

Duncan's Hammer: Test Scores

But then we see the typical Duncan flaw in the policy; testing data included where they don't belong, and the threat of reduced funding as a potential consequence for low scores.

December 02, 2014

U.S. Citizenship Test May Become a Graduation Requirement in North Dakota

State lawmakers are mulling a new high school graduation requirement: passing a 100-question exam that gauges knowledge of American government, history and civics.

December 01, 2014

PARCC Testing Begins Today for Some High School Students

About 30,000 high school students in six states will take the first official round of common-core-aligned tests created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers over the next several weeks.

November 26, 2014

PARCC Test: Students Find Math Tougher Than English/Language Arts

A new report from PARCC shows that students found the field test in math more difficult than the one in English/language arts.

November 26, 2014

Illinois Parent Group Pushes State to Delay Common-Core Testing

Parents are signing a petition asking state education leaders to seek a federal waiver delaying tests developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

November 25, 2014

As Testing Debate Continues, Some N.J. Schools Scale Back Assessments

One New Jersey high school has canceled midterms and final exams in an effort to cut back on the time students spend taking tests.

November 24, 2014

What's the Best Way to Classify Michigan's Common-Core Testing Plans?

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step) test, which will be administered next spring, will include items from the Smarter Balanced assessment as well as items developed by Michigan teachers. But some will be in "field-test-only" mode.

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