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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.

February 20, 2014

Running the Wrong Race

Pondiscio: I resist the facile temptation to conflate testing with all that is wrong with American education. Testing did not destroy schooling. It revealed the rot and complacency within too many schools.

February 19, 2014

NEA President Calls for Course Correction on 'Botched' Common Core

Dennis Van Roekel tells members in a letter that they "have a right to feel frustrated, upset, and angry about the poor commitment to implementing the standards correctly."

February 18, 2014

Thoughts From Detroit About Schools

Meier: Our schools are a symptom of something that affects all our institutions. It neither starts at school nor can end there.

February 15, 2014

Seven More States Win Double-Testing Waivers

The Friday decisions by the department of education bring to 11 the number of states that can avoid "double testing" their students with field tests and their regular state tests, but a decision on California is still outstanding.

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