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March 22, 2013

Testing Group Approves Performance-Level Descriptions

The Smarter Balanced consortium decides to affiliate with a research group for future work and defines student performance at each testing level.

March 22, 2013

Value-Added Testing Now Ruining County Fairs?

So I bet you never stopped to consider the effects of teacher-evaluation reform on county fairs. I can't say that we have, either, but apparently this has become a not insignificant matter in the town of Carrington, Ohio.

March 21, 2013

'Garbage In, Garbage Out': Version 2

No playing with refined statistics can make flawed data less so.

March 21, 2013

'Garbage In, Garbage Out'

VAM (value-added measurement) is new to the scene, but as you know has been debunked for its unreliability and probably lack of validity by many others.

March 20, 2013

How Your School Compares Internationally

Do we need tests that compare individual American students to their international peers?

March 19, 2013

Evaluations Are Better Than No Evaluations

While citing a litany of potential flaws in testing, the opponents of teacher and school accountability often create a straw man that bears little relationship to the real policy discussion.

March 13, 2013

Testing Consortium Reorganizes for Long-Term Survival

PARCC becomes a nonprofit to help it stay afloat after federal money runs out in 2014.

March 12, 2013

A Realistic Approach to Better Testing

Imagine 2,000 questions for 4th grade math that cover the entire scope of appropriate material from basic to advanced topics.

March 07, 2013

More Than One Way to Judge Education

No amount of data can ultimately answer the questions we want to ask.

March 05, 2013

Assessment Consortium Releases Testing Time Estimates

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers estimates that its tests will take 8 to 10 hours.

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