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March 19, 2015

Atlanta Schools Cheating Trial Heads to Jury

Jurors must decide if 12 former district employees were part of a vast criminal conspiracy, committed lesser felonies, or were merely pawns in a scheme masterminded by their former bosses and supervisors.

March 19, 2015

Educators Must 'Take Control' of Testing at 'Critical Juncture,' Top Ed. Official Says

Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah S. Delisle urges policymakers to evaluate not just how much time testing is taking, but the purpose of each test.

March 18, 2015

Texas Senate Votes to Exempt Some Students From Testing Requirements

If Texas Gov. Greg Abbott were to sign the bill, it would be the second time in two legislative sessions that Texas lawmakers have reduced the mandatory testing burden on students.

March 17, 2015

New York, Texas Mull Shift in Graduation Requirements

A bill under consideration in Texas would let students graduate even if they failed two of the five required end-of-course tests. In New York, officials are debating allowing students to substitute advanced work for the Regents exams.

March 16, 2015

We're Not Ready for Online Tests, Most District Ed-Tech Leaders Say

Assessment readiness is the number-one priority for K-12 ed-tech leaders, but fewer than 30 percent report being ready for new online exams.

March 16, 2015

President Obama to Meet With Big-City School Leaders

Among the topics for discussion, the rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act, early childhood education, assessments, college and career ready standards, and the My Brother's Keeper program.

March 15, 2015

PBS Documentary Spends a Year in a Rural School District

"180 Days: Hartsville" looks at national and local educational trends buffeting two small-town South Carolina elementary schools.

March 12, 2015

Duncan on Standards, ESEA, and Why He Avoided PARCC Protesters

At the National Science Teachers Association's annual conference this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about standards and "overtesting," and was questioned on an encounter with parent protesters.

March 11, 2015

Wine and Cheese: California, Wisconsin Mull Testing's Place in Accountability

As states roll out new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, they're also considering, or reconsidering, how to use them in accountability systems.

March 11, 2015

Opt In and Think of England

As we enter testing opt-out season with its ever-increasing rising tide of test opposition, the fans of test-driven accountability have had to use every weapon in their arsenal to try to beat back the non-testing hordes who threaten modern educational progress (and corporate revenue streams). Now they've been reduced to using brute force and ridicule.

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