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August 28, 2013

States Eye Changes as They Move Toward Common Assessments

A new study finds that some states are considering assessments other than those being designed by the two state testing consortia.

August 27, 2013

Calculators and the Common Core: Change Afoot With New Exams

The common-core exams will include rules for calculator use that will be a change for many states and are likely to influence regular classroom use.

August 27, 2013

How Should We Evaluate Our Preschools?

IN DC, the city's public charter school board has proposed a plan that would base 80% of a Kindergarten's overall quality on its students' reading and math scores. Sam Chaltain thinks that's a bad idea -- and he has a solution to offer.

August 27, 2013

Parents Favor 'Niche' Schools, Fordham Institute Market Study Finds

A study released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that parents have educational preferences that fall into what it terms "niche" markets ranging from vocational education to multiculturalism.

August 23, 2013

U.S. Dept. of Ed. Proposes Ending Testing Under Modified Standards

This would be the last year that the so-called "two percent tests" could be used for accountability, according to a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Education.

August 23, 2013

Ed. Dept. Proposes to End Testing Under Modified Standards

Most states have already pledged to do away with the tests, which were aimed at students who could not meet grade-level standards despite good instruction.

August 22, 2013

ACT, SAT Compete for Business, and Top Staff

The ACT is hiring away a top researcher from its rival, the College Board, which sponsors the SAT, in just the latest move by staff to and from the assessment organizations.

August 22, 2013

ACT Lures Top Talent From College Board

The head of research and development for the College Board joins rival ACT, as the two organizations stake out turf in the common-assessment world.

August 21, 2013

Digital Tools Raise Questions About What Is and Is Not Cheating

Students are confused about the difference between collaboration and cheating when using digital learning tools, says a recent article.

August 21, 2013

Defending the Common Core

One of the organizations that strongly backs the Common Core State Standards takes on some of the flash points in the debate about them.

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