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February 04, 2015

Is Sen. Alexander Leaning Toward Keeping NCLB's Tests? Seems That Way

When it comes to Washington's role, experts seem to agree that, "it's the strict federal accountability system that's the problem, not the tests," Alexander said.

February 04, 2015

Testing Plans Set for All 50 States: Check Out the Final Map

After a good deal of uncertainty regarding states' testing plans, we've now got a complete picture of who's doing what for 2014-15 testing.

February 04, 2015

A Map of States' 2015 Testing Plans: The Dust Has Finally Settled

Every state has now decided what summative test it's using for the 2014-15 year: Check EdWeek's authoritative map of all the states' testing plans.

February 04, 2015

It's a $1.7 Billion Testing Market (But It's a $600 Billion Ed. System)

Despite the claims of critics of testing, states' spending on assessment is a small fraction of overall K-12 budgets, a researcher concludes.

February 04, 2015

Fla. Bill Would Cap Testing, Cut Test Scores' Weight in Evaluations

Florida Sen. John Legg is seeking to reduce standardized testing in Florida and give districts more options for local assessments and how they're used in teacher evaluations.

February 03, 2015

Congress Debates Letting States Use Federal Dollars as They Wish

"My own view is that the government ought to enable and encourage, not mandate, innovation," said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate education committee.

February 03, 2015

Critical Gaps Linger in States' Policies on Postsecondary Readiness, Says Report

States have made progress in upgrading assessments and standards, but they aren't necessarily well aligned to each other and to high school diplomas, the study finds.

February 03, 2015

How Assessment, STEM, Reading Fare in Obama's Proposed Budget

President Obama's proposed fiscal 2016 budget seeks big increases to support career and technical education, and to help states implement--and reduce--assessments.

February 02, 2015

Florida, Illinois Issue Warnings About Testing Opt-Outs

Pushed by growing resistance to tests, two states draw a line in the sand and warn against skipping state-mandated tests.

January 30, 2015

Gov. Jindal Urges State Board to Adopt Alternatives to PARCC

Jindal's Jan. 30 executive order is the latest step in the ongoing battle the Louisiana governor has waged against the standards and tests.

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