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December 05, 2013

Exclusion Rates on the Agenda at Meeting of 'Nation's Report Card' Board

Maryland's high exclusion rates on the test National Assessment of Educational Progress have drawn attention and concern in some corners.

December 05, 2013

State Assessment Group Approves Privacy Rules for Student Data

As worry swirls around the use and disclosure of student-level data, PARCC issues rules that clarify that it will not share such data with the federal government. Any decisions about sharing that information lies with states, according to the new policy.

December 05, 2013

In 'The Spirit of Liberty'

It's probably easier to teach about liberty than democracy. The former is perhaps "natural" to the human species.

December 03, 2013

Fifteen States Seek Double-Testing Waiver From U.S. Education Department

The U.S. Department of Education has revealed the states that want to replace all or part of their 2014 tests with field tests developed by PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

November 26, 2013

Florida Mom Balks At Son's Honor Roll Recognition

The superintendent of Florida's Pasco County Schools proposes revisions to district honor-roll guidelines after a parent complains about her son's inclusion on the list.

November 25, 2013

Common Core Needs a Czar

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been a mess and has put these standards at risk of survival. CCSSO and NGA need to select a Common Core Czar to oversee the implementation and grant this person the authority to make needed changes as well as recommend changes in laws and regulations.

November 22, 2013

National Assessment Governing Board Hosts Education Summit for Parents

The National Assessment Governing Board is inviting parent leaders to attend an education summit Jan. 13 to discuss strategies to improve student achievement.

November 21, 2013

California Expands Field-Testing Plans as Part of Waiver Request

The state now plans to involve all of its students in field testing in both math and English/language arts, revising a plan that got it in hot water with federal officials.

November 20, 2013

Is Mass. Leading the Way to a More Cautious Route on Common Tests?

States are increasingly taking a careful approach to using PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests for high-stakes decisions.

November 19, 2013

Massachusetts Won't Require All Schools To Give PARCC Test in 2015

The Bay State wants to take PARCC for a "test drive" for two years before deciding whether to replace its widely admired statewide test with the new assessment.

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