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May 21, 2015

California Can Hit Accountability Snooze Button

But the state did not get its wishes granted on accountability and assessments for students in special education and English Language Learners.

May 20, 2015

Standardized Testing Has Created an Unfair Burden on Public Schools

If the opt-out movement can shed light and focus attention on the injustices public schools face, Bill Ivey says, then he is 100 percent in support of it.

May 20, 2015

Ohio House Passes Bill to Cut PARCC Test; Plus, Md. and Ill. Testing News

The number of states curtailing or considering a review of their involvement with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam has grown in recent weeks.

May 20, 2015

Why the Opt-Out Movement Won't Fix Testing

Opting out is a passive response that hopes to incite change through causing inconvenience, rather than driving meaningful reform, Ken Mattingly writes.

May 20, 2015

Seattle Schools to Expand ELL Services After Critical State Audit

For two years, the district failed to give a required English placement test to about 1,200 students who reported speaking a language other than English at home.

May 18, 2015

ETS Hauls in Texas Assessment Deals Worth $280M, Tops Pearson

ETS has won a series of lucrative pieces of Texas state testing work, worth $280 million, while rival Pearson won contracts with much less value.

May 18, 2015

Rand Paul: National Tests OK, But Wants Silicon Valley Over Uncle Sam

"I'm not arguing against any kind of national communication or even national testing. I took national tests when I was a kid," Sen. Rand Paul said in a recent interview.

May 18, 2015

Online Tests Fuel Rise in 'Tech-Prep' Instruction

Is it good 21st-century instruction to spend time teaching keyboarding and other computer skills? Or is it just another form of test prep?

May 14, 2015

Common-Core Backers Hit States' High Proficiency Rates

Common-core backers seek a new audience for an old message: that states set the proficiency bars on their tests far too low.

May 12, 2015

Texas Gov. Signs Law Making High School Graduation Easier

In the second major rollback in a few years, Texas allows seniors to graduate by passing three, instead of five, end-of-course exams.

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