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September 18, 2012

Fraction of Special Ed. Students Proficient on National Writing Test

Just 5 percent of 8th graders and 5 percent of 12th graders who took the new National Assessment of Educational Progress in writing earned a score at or above the "proficient" level.

September 17, 2012

Yes, Teachers Do Have A Breaking Point

We all remember the scene in the movie Network where a character throws open the window, sticks his head out, and yells, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." Last week, about 30,000 educators in Chicago came to a similar breaking point. It was a fascinating week for watchers an...

September 14, 2012

Smarter Balanced, PARCC Team Up To Fund Future Operations

Two big assessment consortia partner with the organizations that led the common-standards initiative to seek funding.

September 14, 2012

NAEP Writing Exam Reveals Low Proficiency Rates

Based on new data from the "nation's report card," a lot of U.S. students are not "proficient" in writing, and the issue is especially alarming for black and Hispanic students.

September 13, 2012

Common-Core Test Group Eyes State Feedback

PARCC's K-12 and higher education leaders continued their work to and agree on performance-level descriptors for the impending Common Core State Standards assessments.

September 07, 2012

ELL and Spec. Ed. Advisors Named for Common Assessment Group

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has convened two expert panels to advise on how best to ensure that English-language learners and students with disabilities can fully and fairly demonstrate their knowledge on the new tests pegged to the common core standards.

September 05, 2012

More Evidence of Financial-Literacy Woes in New Study

A new study finds that even among motivated students taking part in a financial-literacy competition, their level of knowledge is weak.

August 28, 2012

Texas Students Enter Charters With Leg Up?

A study argues that students who attend Texas charter schools tend to arrive with stronger academic skills than students entering comparable, regular public schools.

August 24, 2012

In 22 States, GED Exam Now Computerized

States are preparing for January 2014, when computers will become the only way to take the exam.

August 22, 2012

New Poll Shows Public Confidence in Teachers

Today, the 44th annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released. While the poll shows considerable division reflective of the current polarization in our country, one area of consensus was trust and confidence in our teachers. The report published ab...

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