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November 25, 2014

As Testing Debate Continues, Some N.J. Schools Scale Back Assessments

One New Jersey high school has canceled midterms and final exams in an effort to cut back on the time students spend taking tests.

November 24, 2014

What's the Best Way to Classify Michigan's Common-Core Testing Plans?

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step) test, which will be administered next spring, will include items from the Smarter Balanced assessment as well as items developed by Michigan teachers. But some will be in "field-test-only" mode.

November 21, 2014

Duncan Wants NAEP Leaders to Help Shape 'Assessment 3.0'

Secretary Duncan hails the role NAEP played in leading states to work together on new tests.

November 21, 2014

Ed. Sec. Duncan Calls On NAEP Leaders to Help Shape 'Assessment 3.0'

Duncan said NAEP's role as a "truth-teller" helped catapult states into raising standards for students.

November 20, 2014

Smarter Balanced Cut Scores Spark Debate About Test Score Reporting

Vermont's objection to reporting student scores by achievement level captures key points of the debate.

November 19, 2014

Draft Assessment Tasks Seek Blend of Math, Science Learning

Teachers are encouraged to use the tasks, modify them to suit their needs, and offer feedback on needed revisions, according to standards organizers.

November 17, 2014

Smarter Balanced Projects Proficiency Rates on Spring Tests

In a key step, the consortium decides on cut scores that are likely to cause sharp drops in the numbers of students reading and doing math at grade level.

November 13, 2014

Michigan Announces Blended Testing Plan

After lawmakers forbid the state from using the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2014-15, the state has come up with a solution that blends items from that test with those from a testing company.

November 13, 2014

Tennessee Signs Testing Contract With Measurement Inc.

The $108 million contract is the latest in a long series of assessment shakeouts in the wake of the Common Core State Standards.

November 12, 2014

Pa. Parents, Districts Ask Court to Declare School Funding Unconstitutional

Pennsylvania's governor and General Assembly are being sued for failing to adequately fund the state's schools.

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