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March 03, 2014

Justices Weigh IQ Tests' Role in Death-Penalty Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court examines intelligence testing in the context of capital punishment and how the states define those with mental retardation, who cannot face that penalty.

March 03, 2014

Consortium: Buy-In for Field Testing Has Been 'Really Hard'

With six assessment consortia all trying to field test around the same time, at least one group is saying it's been tough to find willing participants to try out the new exams.

March 03, 2014

Opting Out of Testing: A Rising Tide for States and Districts?

Under community pressure, more states and districts are having to contend with the demand for students to "opt out" of testing.

February 28, 2014

Chicago Parents Form Coalition to Promote State Test Boycott

A new alliance of Chicago-area parent groups is calling on families to skip the state assessments to protest what it calls excessive and unnecessary testing.

February 27, 2014

In Education, Bringing the Dark Matter Into the Light

In a new article for ESPN, celebrity statistician Nate Silver chronicles the rise of big data in professional sports -- and the considerable unknowns, or "Dark Matter," that remains. Sam Chaltain wonders about the implications his article has for public education -- and if it's possible for the opposing armies in the reform debates to find common ground over what should be measured in American schools, and why, and how.

February 26, 2014

Teachers at Chicago School Plan Boycott of State Test

Teachers at an elementary school in Chicago have made the bold move of announcing that they will refuse to administer state-mandated standardized tests that are scheduled to start next week.

February 26, 2014

'Early Implementers' of Common Core Grapple With Aligning Tests, Curriculum

Four districts that took an early and aggressive approach to implementation illustrate the difficulty of finding good instructional materials aligned to the new standards and supplying quality professional development.

February 25, 2014

National Federation of the Blind Settles Lawsuit Against PARCC

The common-core assessment consortium plans to work closely with the advocacy organization to create accessible field tests for blind students.

February 24, 2014

Language Supports for English-Learners Ready for Smarter Balanced Field Tests

Teachers, students, and parents can practice using the language-support features such as native-language glossaries in advance of the upcoming field tests.

February 24, 2014

'Quick and Easy' Formative Assessment Helps Fuel A Thriving New Market

Companies are clamoring to provide in quick-hit settings a range of skills that experts say are far too complex for a one-day seminar.

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