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February 05, 2015

Final Testing Count: More Than Half of Students Will Take Non-Consortium Exams

More than half of U.S. students live in states that will not be administering tests by PARCC or Smarter Balanced this year.

February 04, 2015

Arne Duncan Urges Parents to Weigh In on NCLB Rewrite; Will It Work?

The U.S. Secretary of Education is unhappy about what he sees as a lack of resources and accountability in GOP legislation to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act.

February 04, 2015

Ed. Commissioner Gist Set to Leave R.I. to Lead Tulsa Schools

Deborah Gist has been Rhode Island's chief state school officer since 2009, and has overseen several significant changes to K-12 policy during her tenure.

February 04, 2015

California Seeks NCLB Waiver From Feds Over Use of Test Scores

Nearly one year after winning a controversial NCLB "double-testing" waiver, California is once again seeking significant exemptions from provisions of the federal education law.

February 04, 2015

Is Sen. Alexander Leaning Toward Keeping NCLB's Tests? Seems That Way

When it comes to Washington's role, experts seem to agree that, "it's the strict federal accountability system that's the problem, not the tests," Alexander said.

February 04, 2015

Testing Plans Set for All 50 States: Check Out the Final Map

After a good deal of uncertainty regarding states' testing plans, we've now got a complete picture of who's doing what for 2014-15 testing.

February 04, 2015

A Map of States' 2015 Testing Plans: The Dust Has Finally Settled

Every state has now decided what summative test it's using for the 2014-15 year: Check EdWeek's authoritative map of all the states' testing plans.

February 04, 2015

It's a $1.7 Billion Testing Market (But It's a $600 Billion Ed. System)

Despite the claims of critics of testing, states' spending on assessment is a small fraction of overall K-12 budgets, a researcher concludes.

February 04, 2015

Fla. Bill Would Cap Testing, Cut Test Scores' Weight in Evaluations

Florida Sen. John Legg is seeking to reduce standardized testing in Florida and give districts more options for local assessments and how they're used in teacher evaluations.

February 03, 2015

Congress Debates Letting States Use Federal Dollars as They Wish

"My own view is that the government ought to enable and encourage, not mandate, innovation," said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate education committee.

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