A heavy federal focus on compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act hasn't made much of a difference where it counts: students' test scores and dropout rates, among other measures.
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July 31, 2012
July 30, 2012
Middle school teacher Jose Vilson says that, as a teacher, he finds it difficultif not pointlessto form an opinion about the Common Core State Standards without knowing what the assessment components will look like.
July 28, 2012
AFT passes a resolution saying standardized testing should be used to improve teaching, not sanction students or teachers.
July 27, 2012
A Louisiana teachers' union has sent a letter to private schools warning them not to participate in the state's new voucher program while legal challenges to it are ongoing. The letter has drawn an angry reaction from state officials.
July 25, 2012
Two new systems of college-and-career-readiness tests have recently announced rollouts, adding new players to a landscape dominated by the two groups of states that are designing such tests with $360 million in federal money.
July 23, 2012
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
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
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
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
South Carolina, one of the few states still participating in both test-design consortia, chooses the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium approach.