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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.

October 09, 2014

Common-Core Testing Group Announces Leadership Change

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's executive director steps down to become a technical advisor. The consortium's longtime chief operating officer becomes the new executive director.

October 09, 2014

N.Y. Union Sues Over Common-Core Testing 'Gag Order'

New York State United Teachers has sued the state over a requirement that teachers administering and scoring common-core-aligned tests not disclose the items.

October 08, 2014

Washington State Universities Will Use Smarter Balanced Test Scores for Placement

The decision puts teeth into an abstract promise: that the consortium's 11th grade "college ready" score actually connotes college readiness.

October 08, 2014

With Tests Looming, Much Common-Core Work Still Unfinished, Survey Says

A survey of district superintendents finds that they increasingly see the standards as a potent way to improve students' skills. But many have not fully implemented the necessary curriculum and professional development.

October 07, 2014

Wyoming Attorney General Says Parents Can't Opt Children Out of Testing

Wyoming parents are not permitted to opt their children out of state assessments, according a ruling issued by the state's attorney general.

October 03, 2014

Third-Year Scores From Common-Core Tests Released by Kentucky

Kentucky has released scores from last year's reading and math assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Scores largely increased, but significant achievement gaps remain.

October 03, 2014

Should Communities Determine Their Own Accountability Measures?

Should the community have input in what they are held accountable for in educational outcomes? Julian Vasquez Heilig and I weigh the possibilities.

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