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December 06, 2013

Albuquerque School Board Rejects Sending Parents Opt-Out Letter on Testing

Albuquerque parents won't receive school district guidance detailing their rights to opt their children out of standardized testing after failed board vote.

December 06, 2013

NAGB's Bid For Reworked Student-Background Questions Gets Pushback

The National Assessment Governing Board's early attempts to come up with new ways to use students' background information gets immediate pushback from outgoing education statistics chief Jack Buckley.

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.

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