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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.

October 02, 2014

Cheating Threat on Computerized Tests Not Covered in State Laws, Group Says

State laws have not kept pace with the growth of computerized testing, leaving unaddressed the potential for new types of cheating, according to a new report from ACT.

October 02, 2014

Why Are We Using Standardized Tests?

What should be included in a measure of school quality? If not by standardized test scores, how should we measure student achievement? Julian Vasquez Heilig and I each have some thoughts.

October 01, 2014

Test Scores to Count for Less in New York City School Accountability

The new accountability system, announced by Chancellor Carmen FariƱa on Wednesday, ditches the A-F letter grades utilized during the Michael R. Bloomberg era.

October 01, 2014

A Moratorium on Multiple Choice?

If multiple-choice tests are out of sync with deeper project based learning, should teachers abandon them?

October 01, 2014

New York City Reduces Reliance on Test Scores in New Accountability Plan

The move follows up on the promise made by new Mayor Bill de Blasio to evaluate schools in a more holistic way.

September 30, 2014

Watch: Common Core Spurs Hope, Fear for a Miami Principal

A Miami middle school principal discusses her respect for the standards, but says that state policies and a lack of resources have hampered her teachers' ability to prepare for new assessments.

September 30, 2014

Is Testing Designed to Promote Inequality?

While corporate lobbying and palm-greasing is disturbing in its own right, we can't pin the obsession with testing on Pearson.

September 29, 2014

Common-Core Math Testing: Using an Equation Editor

Both of the consortia creating common-core tests say they're improving their equation editors, but math experts say students won't have much trouble figuring out how to use them.

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