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December 24, 2013

Advocacy Groups Raise Concerns With California's Assessment Plan

By guest blogger Alyson Klein Cross-posted from Politics K-12 So remember how California is planning to suspend most of its accountability testing for a year in order to help the state's schools get up to speed on new tests aligned with the Common Core standards? U.S. Secretary of Education of Arne ...

December 24, 2013

Students With Disabilities in Florida District Outpace Peers on NAEP

Hillsborough County, Fla., which includes Tampa, was on outlier of high performance in a year that saw test scores remain much the same as they had when the tests were last administered in 2011.

December 24, 2013

Common-Core Headlines You Probably Won't See in 2014

A review of the top curriculum posts of 2013, and a lighthearted look ahead to the headlines you probably won't see in 2014.

December 24, 2013

Bridging Differences: 2013's Top 10 Posts

Poverty. Equity. Testing, and how standardized assessment plays into both. These are themes that dominated Bridging Differences in 2013. Looking back at the blog this year revealed that the most-read posts in 2013 were written by numerous writers (Eric Hanushek, Alfie Kohn, Michael Petrilli, Elliott Witney, and, of course, Deborah Meier) on different aspects of the achievement and experience gap between rich and poor students.

December 23, 2013

Should Consortium Tests Be as Tough as NAEP?

The state testing consortia's work to peg their tests to a NAEP-like level of rigor sparks concerns at the board that sets policy for NAEP.

December 19, 2013

D.C. Adopts Common Science Standards

With an 8-0 vote yesterday by its board of education, D.C. joins eight states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards so far.

December 19, 2013

The Task of Building a Thirst for Knowledge

Meier: None of us should blame our kids, our teachers, their parents, or public schools for their "failure" to outperform the rich on, of all things, tests which we know are, by design, sensitive to class and race.

December 18, 2013

Finland's Global Standing in Education Takes Hit With Latest PISA Results

Educational tourism to Finland may be on the wane following the recent results from an international assessment in math, reading, and science.

December 17, 2013

Panel Recommends New Breed of Assessments for Science Learning

A vision for science testing, recommended by a panel of the National Research Council, would fundamentally change the current model of assessment, blending classroom-based assessments and periodic tests to "monitor" learning with information about students' "opportunity to learn."

December 12, 2013

Consortium Watch: Kansas Drops Out of Smarter Balanced Testing Group

Kansas chooses to have its state university design its tests rather than using the system being created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

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