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July 23, 2012

Florida: Cut Schools for Severe Disabilities From Grading System

Special education centers in Florida for students with severe disabilities are now graded on the same scale as other schools because of the accountability plan the state agreed upon to get a waiver from some of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

July 21, 2012

Second $100k Hewlett Prize Takes on Short Answer Challenge

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is sponsoring the Automated Student Assessment Prize (ASAP) to improve the quality of student assessment in America and, as a result, increase the quantity and quality of student writing.

July 12, 2012

Assessment Group Seeks Feedback on College-Readiness Definition

One of the state groups designing tests for the common standards seeks feedback on its definition of college readiness, which is central to the assessment's development.

July 05, 2012

Louisiana Official Takes Key Post at State Chiefs' Group

Scott Norton, a longtime education official in Louisiana, is taking on a key post at the Council of Chief State School Officers overseeing work on standards, testing, and accountability.

July 01, 2012

Testing Consortia: South Carolina Makes Its Choice

South Carolina, one of the few states still participating in both test-design consortia, chooses the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium approach.

June 28, 2012

Girls Have Edge With Hands-On Science Tasks, NAEP Suggests

Although some recent data show boys outpace girls in science achievement, a new NAEP study suggests girls have an edge when it comes to applying that learning in a hands-on setting.

June 27, 2012

Washington Insiders Size Up Common-Core Support, Testing Consortia

Far more Washington insiders think the PARCC assessment consortium is "on the right track" than is the other testing group, Smarter Balanced, but both group's ratings are improving.

June 26, 2012

Input Sought on Math Frameworks Pegged to Common Core

A state testing consortium is inviting public comment on two documents that aim to help educators implement the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.

June 26, 2012

Ohio Joins Ranks of States With 3rd Grade Retention Law

Ohio's governor has signed a new law that ties promotion of 3rd graders to their performance on a 3rd grade reading test.

June 25, 2012

Grappling With the Definition of Career Readiness

Defining career readiness hasn't been discussed as much by the common standards assessment consortia as has college readiness.

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