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October 14, 2014

Fewer Tests: Momentum Building, But for Different Solutions

Anti-testing sentiment moves into the Washington policy world, but "solving" the testing problem means different things to different people.

October 14, 2014

Atlanta Cheating Case: Prosecution Zeroes In on Former Regional Director

The trial in the nation's largest cheating scandal is now in its third week. A dozen former educators and administrators face felony racketeering charges for their alleged roles in changing students' test scores to inflate performance and qualify for bonuses.

October 13, 2014

Ed. Dept. and Florida Continue Face-off on Testing of English-Language Learners

Florida officials are reportedly planning to take legal action against the department this week in a clash over the question of when the performance of ELLs should factor into the state's accountability system.

October 13, 2014

Florida and Ed. Dept. Continue Face-off on Testing of English-Language Learners

Florida officials are reportedly planning to take legal action against the department this week in a clash over the question of when the performance of ELLs should factor into the state's accountability system.

October 11, 2014

Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium Looking for New Math Director

Shelbi Cole, who has served as the director of mathematics for Smarter Balanced since 2012, has been promoted to director of content for the organization.

October 10, 2014

Two States Ask the Education Department for Testing Flexibility, But Get Two Different Reponses

Massachusetts faces no consequences from its decision to let districts choose which test to give next spring, but when Colorado explored the possibility of doing the same, the U.S. Department of Education gave it no opening.

October 10, 2014

Common-Core Testing: Two States Seek Flexibility, Get Very Different Responses

Massachusetts faces no consequences from its decision to let districts choose which test to give next spring, but when Colorado explored the possibility of doing the same, the U.S. Department of Education gave it no opening.

October 09, 2014

Columbus District Employees to Return Bonuses Earned For Bogus Gains

The district, which has been at the center of a statewide 'data-scrubbing' attendance scandal, rewarded employees in schools that showed steady academic improvement. The gains turned out to be the result of data manipulation.

October 09, 2014

Survey Finds Parents Mixed on Schools, Teachers' Unions, Improvement Strategies

Most parents are satisfied with their community schools, but unsure on what path schools should take to improve, according to the results of a new national poll from Education Post.

October 09, 2014

Massachusetts Insists On Assessment Choice Despite Federal Wrist Slap

The Bay State will give districts the choice of using PARCC or MCAS this spring, even though the U.S. Department of Education said that doing so would violate federal law.

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