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August 04, 2014

Smarter Balanced Invites Public to Help Set Test Cutoff Scores

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is using a crowd-sourcing element in its work to set the achievement cut scores on its tests.

August 04, 2014

Angst Over Testing, Funding Lead Texas Teachers to Ignore State Survey

As a result, a statewide survey of classroom conditions in the Lone Star State didn't generate the expected information.

August 01, 2014

A Closer Look at a Math Performance Task From PARCC

A group of Maryland math educators take a close look at a 4th grade performance task, and several are surprised by the level of advanced thinking it requires.

July 29, 2014

Louisiana Board Joins Common-Core-Testing Suit Against Governor Jindal

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-4 on July 29 to join a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal over the governor's to block a common-core-aligned test.

July 25, 2014

Federal Study Probes Readiness of 4th Graders for Computer-Based Writing Tests

Fourth graders are capable of using a computer to type, organize, and write well enough to be assessed, a federal pilot study finds. But whether a computer-based test can effectively measure their abilities remains to be determined.

July 15, 2014

States' Policies on Exit Exams and Common-Core Tests Merge, Collide

If states don't modify their use of high school exit exams, there could be bad consequences for students, a New America Foundation report says.

July 15, 2014

College Board, ETS Apologize for 'Racist' T-Shirts Sold at AP History Grading Event

The College Board and Educational Testing Service have issued an apology about T-shirts bearing racially charged caricatures of Chinese politicians that were distributed at a grading event for the Advanced Placement World History exam last month.

July 14, 2014

Reading List: The History of Testing and Measurement

Five suggestions for interesting and thought-provoking reading on the history of testing and measurement.

July 14, 2014

The New Yorker Uncovers Some Rocks in Atlanta Cheating Scandal

The magazine looks at the scandal through the eyes of a teacher who was drawn into erasing wrong answers and engage in other forms of cheating.

July 14, 2014

AFT Takes Key Steps on Standards, Accountability

At its convention in Los Angeles, the American Federation of Teachers approved a resolution calling for greater educator involvement in implementing the common-core standards.

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