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September 17, 2013

New 'Double-Testing' Flexibility and Students With Disabilities

The Education Department, in outlining more detail for Common Core field test flexibility for schools and districts, outlines some specific points for testing students with individualized education programs.

September 17, 2013

U.S. Ed. Dept. Issues Guidance on 'Double-Testing' Flexibility

The Education Department offers states the chance to suspend their current tests this spring if they give common-core-aligned field tests in math and English/language arts, and if students take full-length tests in both subjects.

September 16, 2013

California Is Right; Duncan Is Wrong

Secretary Duncan's threats to withhold funds from California if they do not continue to give tests that are not aligned with common core makes no sense. California has a better plan.

September 13, 2013

California Changes Spark Confusion About High School Testing

As California plans a shift to Smarter Balanced field tests, high school educators are unclear about which tests from the old system will remain in place, causing confusion as the year begins.

September 13, 2013

Reign of Terror: Diane Ravitch's Personal Crusade

The first time I learned about Diane Ravitch is a lot like the first time I learned about Ronald Reagan. Let me explain.

September 12, 2013

Thorny Questions Arise About Use of Field-Test Results

One state's plan to gather and use data from Smarter Balanced's field test raises delicate issues of what constitutes proper use of test data.

September 11, 2013

Assessment Consortium Votes on Privacy of Student Data

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium takes the first step toward creating a policy to protect student-level data, and clarifies the testing window for states.

September 09, 2013

Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan Warns California Not to Suspend Tests

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tells the Golden State that he couldn't "in good conscience" approve its proposed suspension of accountability testing.

September 09, 2013

Common Core: What Lies Between Standards and Tests?

New paper explores the work of a state, a district and a technical-service provider in putting the common standards into practice.

September 09, 2013

Prime Time Public School Teachers

The new documentary "Teach" premiered during prime time on CBS. It follows four ordinary teachers who do extraordinary work teaching in the public schools.

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