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May 23, 2012

Designing Common Core Tests For All Proving a Challenge

Although more students with disabilities than ever are included in state testing programs, giving these students high quality assessments in the future, tests that measure how adept they are at mastering the Common Core State Standards seem to have an endless number of hurdles to overcome before students face them in the 2014-15 school year.

May 22, 2012

Testing Consortium Names Math Director

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium has just named directors for mathematics and for the support of 'under-represented' students.

May 22, 2012

Wall Street's Investment in School Reform

Wall Street understands success and failure. When companies fail, investors bail out. As studies continue to show that charters on average don't get better test scores than public schools, will Wall Street continue to be bullish about charters? Will they support only the ones that skim and exclude? When will they cut their losses?

May 17, 2012

The Danger of Mindlessness

We have three very serious flaws to deal with. One is that the skill involved in doing well on reading and math tests do not constitute something worthy of the name "academic achievement." Such a claim dumbs down "academia" in ways that do serious damage.

May 15, 2012

The Most Important Part of Teacher-Evaluation Reform

Writing in The Hechinger Report, California math teacher Kyle Hunsberger reminds school leaders and policymakers that revamped teacher-evaluation systems—especially those relying heavily on student test scores—will only be as effective as the infrastructural supports that gird them: As ...

May 14, 2012

More Students Receiving Accommodations During ACT, SAT

Nationally, as the number of students taking the ACT has increased in the last few years, so has the number of students asking for, and getting, extra time or other accommodations when taking the ACT and SAT.

May 11, 2012

Authorizers Can Still Shut Down Bad Charters, Despite ESEA Waivers, Feds Say

Charter school authorizers will still have the ability to shut down low-performing charter schools, despite the flexibility provided in waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education said in guidance released this week.

May 11, 2012

Former NEA Analyst Joins Test Consortium

One of the influential voices in shaping the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts was Barbara Kapinus, a senior policy analyst at the National Education Association. She retired from that post early last month. But now she's taking a lead role in guiding the creation of the tests bei...

May 10, 2012

'Advanced' Students a Rarity in Science, NAEP Data Show

Relatively few U.S. students scored at the 'advanced' level in science on the latest round of NAEP results.

May 10, 2012

Grim NAEP Science Results for English Learners

English learners gained no ground in science achievement in the 2011 Nation's Report Card.

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