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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.

July 22, 2013

PARCC Test Cost: Higher for Nearly Half the States

New pricing estimates show that half the states in the PARCC group and one-third in Smarter Balanced will face paying more for those tests than what they currently pay.

July 22, 2013

Texas Seeks Waiver From Feds on Test Exemptions

Texas is waiting on a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to exempt certain students from reading and math tests.

July 22, 2013

PARCC to Release Test-Cost Details Today

One of the state consortia will announce how much its tests will cost, a topic of intense interest in the states.

July 22, 2013

Get the Feds Out of Teacher Evaluations

The amendment to the Student Success Act, the U.S. House re-authorization bill for ESEA, prohibits the federal government from mandating teacher evaluations. This should be applauded because the federal government has no business telling local employers how to evaluate their employees.

July 18, 2013

Esquith on Why Great Teachers Are Leaving

Award-winning teacher Rafe Esquith says that expert teachers are leaving schools at an alarming rate because of top-down mandates.

July 17, 2013

North Dakota Drops Out of PARCC, Commits to Smarter Balanced

The state decided that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium offers it a chance to share assessment goals with neighboring states.

July 17, 2013

Top Fla. Legislators Call for Withdrawal From Common-Test Group

Florida's senate president and speaker of the house urged the schools commissioner to withdraw the state from the PARCC consortium, amid concerns about testing time and technological readiness.

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