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February 26, 2014

Teachers at Chicago School Plan Boycott of State Test

Teachers at an elementary school in Chicago have made the bold move of announcing that they will refuse to administer state-mandated standardized tests that are scheduled to start next week.

February 26, 2014

'Early Implementers' of Common Core Grapple With Aligning Tests, Curriculum

Four districts that took an early and aggressive approach to implementation illustrate the difficulty of finding good instructional materials aligned to the new standards and supplying quality professional development.

February 25, 2014

National Federation of the Blind Settles Lawsuit Against PARCC

The common-core assessment consortium plans to work closely with the advocacy organization to create accessible field tests for blind students.

February 24, 2014

Language Supports for English-Learners Ready for Smarter Balanced Field Tests

Teachers, students, and parents can practice using the language-support features such as native-language glossaries in advance of the upcoming field tests.

February 24, 2014

'Quick and Easy' Formative Assessment Helps Fuel A Thriving New Market

Companies are clamoring to provide in quick-hit settings a range of skills that experts say are far too complex for a one-day seminar.

February 21, 2014

New National Alliance Aims to Unite Grassroots Testing Opposition

A new coalition of national groups hopes to organize what it sees as a growing number of grassroots anti-testing efforts to affect legislative reforms across the U.S.

February 21, 2014

Mississippi Considers Requiring Minimum ACT Score for Graduation

Mississippi is considering using the ACT college test as the high school exit exam for students in public schools, reports the Associated Press—something no other state has done.

February 21, 2014

Idaho's Double-Testing Waiver: A Precedent for California?

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing Idaho to give only common-core-aligned field tests to students this spring, which means no achievement data will be produced for parents, educators, and the public.

February 20, 2014

The Latest Tool in Defending Common Core: Tin Foil Hats?

A Missouri lawmaker pokes fun at common-core "conspiracy theorists" by requesting a state appropriation to pay for aluminum foil hats.

February 20, 2014

Analysis Finds NCLB Waivers Too Often Maintain Flawed Accountability Practices

A new analysis finds that NCLB flexibility waivers too often continue flawed accountability practices of the original law rather than considering non-test-based indicators, student growth, student demographics or results from subjects other than reading and math.

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