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June 27, 2013

NAEP Data Show Achievement Gaps Closing Over Long Haul

U.S. achievement for 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds has increased since the early 1970s in reading and math, but for 17-year-olds there's no measurable difference.

June 27, 2013

PARCC Approves Test Performance-Level Descriptions by Grade, Subject

New documents describe what students need to demonstrate to show achievement at each of the five levels of PARCC's test in literacy and math.

June 27, 2013

Testing Group Delays Some Components for One Year

PARCC will take an extra year to deliver diagnostic, midyear, and K-1 pieces of its system, so it can meet the deadline for summative tests.

June 26, 2013

PARCC Adopts Spec. Ed. Testing Policy For Common Core

The 17-state governing board adopted a manual that gives guidelines on issues such as read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts tests, and calculator usage on the math test.

June 24, 2013

Pennsylvania Signals Departure From Test Consortia

The Keystone State joins a slowly growing list of states participating in neither of the two big groups of states designing tests for the common standards.

June 24, 2013

After Testing Mishaps, Indiana Officials to Seek Damages From CTB/McGraw-Hill

Indiana officials say they will seek no less than $613,000 in damages from test administrator CTB/McGraw-Hill because of problems with the state's assessment earlier this year.

June 20, 2013

Experts Urge States To Stay Course on High-Quality Assessments

Top assessment experts craft five criteria they consider crucial to designing new and better tests of what students know.

June 20, 2013

As Teachers, Our Work Is Just Beginning

The conclusion of the 10-part video series A Year at Mission Hill prompted one of its teachers, Kathy Klunis, to reflect on what she's learned along the way, and realize just how vital trust is to the process of creating a healthy school.

June 14, 2013

Why Don't We 'Fix' Poverty While We're at It?

Why do those with a real choice elect for very small class sizes, highly credentialed and experienced staff, attention to the aesthetics of the environment, plenty of outdoor space, no dearth of arts of all sorts ...

June 14, 2013

What Will It Take to Ensure Educators Have the Freedom to Teach?

Guest post by Zac Chase In his essay "I - Thou - It," David Hawkins describes the triangular relationship between the teacher, the student and the content of learning. He refers to that final piece as the "It" of education -- the larger themes of a unit and the key principles a school espouses and ...

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