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January 16, 2015

Parents, Educators, Anti-Testing Critics Attend 'Opt-Out' Conference

Critics of high-stakes standardized testing are gathering for a national conference this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

January 16, 2015

What to Expect from Witnesses at Senate Education Committee Hearing on Testing

The Senate education committee will hear from a presidential adviser, a state commissioner, a superintendent, a teacher, and a civil rights leader during its hearing on testing and accountability.

January 16, 2015

Miss. of Board of Ed. Votes to Leave PARCC, Seek New Test for 2015-16

The Mississippi state board plans to seek a new test for 2015-16, but still plans to administer the PARCC exam this school year.

January 16, 2015

Arizona First to Require Citizenship Test for Graduation

Yesterday the Arizona legislature passed a bill that will require students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization civics test in order to graduate from high school.

January 15, 2015

Louisiana Sets Aside $251K for Training on Special Education Grade Promotion Law

Individualized education program teams have the authority to create alternate grade progression and graduation standards for some students with disabilities, but the policy is proving challenging to enact.

January 15, 2015

Indiana Considers Moving 3rd Grade Reading Test to 2nd Grade

A state senator proposes moving the 3rd grade reading test to 2nd grade to spread out the testing burden and allow 3rd graders more time for remediation.

January 14, 2015

AFT, Obama-Linked Think Tank Champion Annual Testing—With a Caveat

The American Federation of Teachers and the Center on American Progress say annual tests should be retained for reporting purposes, but scaled back for school-accountability purposes.

January 14, 2015

The Drumbeat of Kindergarten Assessment Results

The growing popularity of kindergarten-readiness tests risks sending messages that children are "lacking" even before they start school, early-childhood experts say.

January 13, 2015

Let States Be Creative With Testing ... Or Not, Says Sen. Alexander in ESEA Proposal

In a 400-page draft bill, Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the U.S. Senate HELP committee, outlined two possible courses for an ESEA rewrite regarding testing.

January 13, 2015

We Want to Give You a Choice of State Tests, Wis. Legislators Tell Districts

A Wisconsin bill backed by powerful state legislators would give schools a choice of certain state assessments. What are the complexities and consequences of that proposal?

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