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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.

September 26, 2014

New York Parent Group Aims to Boost Number of Students Boycotting State Tests

The goal of a parent-advocacy group is to rally the parents of 250,000 students to refuse to take state tests in 2015, building on an opt-out effort that took place earlier this year.

September 26, 2014

Satirical Video Game Skewers NCLB, Charter Schools, Testing

An indie video game dubbed "No Pineapple Left Behind," currently under development, offers a satirical take on public school management. Its motto: "They take tests. You make money."

September 26, 2014

Florida PTA Urges State to Make Changes to School Accountability System

Florida parents are concerned about what they see as the system's lack of flexibility, particularly for English-language learners and children with disabilities.

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