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October 24, 2013

Va. Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Testing, Teacher Pay, School Choice

Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the two candidates for governor in Virginia, focused on school choice, testing, teacher pay, and school safety during their Thursday night debate.

October 23, 2013

The Price of Standardized Testing in Russia

Elena Lenskaya offers a sobering lesson in the unintended consequences of standardized testing--teaching to the test and learning to the test.

October 21, 2013

Assessment Consortia: Who's In And Who's Out?

Oklahoma officially withdraws from PARCC, making eight states that are no longer participating in the two consortia. But for a few states, it's more unclear.

October 20, 2013

Accountability and Assessment Systems

Helen Janc Malone introduces this week's blog theme, "accountability and assessment systems." She writes that at the heart of the current accountability debate is a fundamental question, What is the purpose of all the collected assessment data? Are they an end game or a starting point to educational change? And, should the focus be on external accountability or, should we refocus attention on professional responsibility and internal accountability? How do we have both?

October 15, 2013

Teacher-Evaluation Fears Playing Out in New York

A Syracuse high school is serving as a case study for how apparent glitches in an evaluation system can affect teacher morale—and potentially jeopardize teachers' careers.

October 08, 2013

Faith in Social Mobility Isn't Enough

Test-score achievement may lead to a BA, MA, or PhD, but it isn't the route to a good job if enough good jobs don't exist.

October 04, 2013

Analysts See a Bountiful Market for K-12 Testing Companies

The march toward common-core tests, the rise of formative assessment, and new models of testing have produced a surge in the testing industry, analysts say.

October 03, 2013

Montana Seeks Waiver to Replace State Tests With Field Tests

The state proposes to set aside its math and English/language tests in 2014 and have students take the Smarter Balanced field test instead.

October 03, 2013

Be Careful What You Wish For

Yong Zhao examines the Chinese struggle with students' academic overload and the two important lessons American education reformers can draw from the Chinese test-oriented culture.

October 02, 2013

Gov. Brown OKs California Testing Shift, Despite Feds' Warnings

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will eliminate most of its existing testing system for the 2013-14 school year.

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