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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?

January 12, 2015

What If Tests Were Only Used for Guidance, Not Consequences?

As opposition to testing rises nationally, the NAEP offers a sharp contrast: it provides insight into K-12 education without imposing consequences on anyone.

January 12, 2015

Arne Duncan to Push Annual Tests, More Resources, Early Ed. in NCLB Rewrite

The education secretary won't back away from policies the Obama administration has embraced from the get-go, a senior administration official has signaled.

January 09, 2015

New Jersey Parents, Teachers Criticize State Testing

New Jersey parents, teachers and students criticize PARCC testing during a recent State Board of Education meeting.

January 09, 2015

Feds Should Maintain Annual Student Testing, State Chiefs Tell Washington

"It is just imperative to us, to each and every one of us, that we have a check on our students and their academic performance every year," said Maryland chief Lillian Lowery.

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