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August 02, 2013

Pennsylvania Stays In Consortia, But Won't Use Tests

A few weeks back, the two state consortia developing common-core assessments were getting word from Pennsylvania officials that the state planned to withdraw. Now the Keystone State has clarified that it will remain a member of PARCC and Smarter Balanced, but it will not use either consortium's ass...

August 02, 2013

Ed Dept.: Test Consortia Can Have Fewer Than 15 States

Grant rules required that each of the two assessment consortia have 15 members to qualify for federal funding, but that clear line is now "a dotted line," an Education Department official said.

August 01, 2013

PARCC Sees Dip in Confidence Poll of Washington 'Insiders'

A new survey caps tumultuous few weeks for PARCC, which has seen several state members drop out or decide not to use its tests.

August 01, 2013

Secretary Duncan Names Members to NAEP Governing Board

Four of the individuals named today are serving an additional term, while the only new member is a former New Jersey education commissioner.

July 31, 2013

Games People Play in Modern School Reform

In DC, both traditional and charter schools are claiming victory after the latest round of test score data was released. Should they be? In the end, what can test scores tell us about whether schools are succeeding or failing -- and what should we be doing instead?

July 29, 2013

PARCC Proclaims Strong State Commitment Despite State Withdrawals

Testing-consortium officials reach out to reporters to bring attention to the states that are fully committed to field-testing the exam in 2014.

July 29, 2013

Indiana Curtails Role in Assessment Consortium

Indiana moves to drop out of PARCC.

July 23, 2013

AFT Analysis: K-12 Testing Is Pervasive, Costly

The precise scope of testing varies by district, but there's one common element: It's expensive and pervasive, says a new AFT report.

July 22, 2013

Georgia Drops Out of PARCC Test Consortium

The state cites cost, technological readiness, as stumbling blocks in using PARCC's tests.

July 22, 2013

Advocates Call for End to Testing Under Modified Academic Standards

The so-called "2 percent" tests prevent some special education students from accessing grade-level content, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities argues.

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