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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.

November 12, 2014

Atlanta Cheating Trial: Former Governor Says Test Fraud Had to Be 'Conspiratorial'

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue took the witness stand during the Atlanta cheating trial earlier this week, saying that educators in the district must have been collaborating to inflate student performance.

November 10, 2014

Hispanic Students' Math Performance on Steady Uptick, Report Says

A decade of gains for Latino students occurred across states and big-city school districts, according to a new analysis of NAEP data from The Child Trends Hispanic Institute.

November 07, 2014

Iowa Assessment Task Force Recommends Smarter Balanced

A legislative task force considered a half-dozen options, but recommended the Smarter Balanced test for 2016-17. The state will continue to give the Iowa Assessments until then.

November 06, 2014

Smarter Balanced Delays Vote on Cut Scores

States in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have decided to take more time before approving a set of cut scores for the consortium's spring test.

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