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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.

May 10, 2012

The Left Wing of the Possible

our nation's most pressing educational problem remains the opportunity gap between the children of the haves and those of the have-nots; this gap has grown with the mounting social inequality of the last 40 years.

May 09, 2012

Assessment Consortium Crafts Plan for Formative Resources

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium finalizes its plan to create a bank of online resources for teachers.

May 08, 2012

A Glimpse of Technology-Enhanced Tests

A conference to explore the potential of technology-enhanced assessments yields a landscape of promise and challenges.

May 07, 2012

A Ceasefire for Teacher Appreciation Week

This is Teacher Appreciation Week. It is a time to honor the men and women who strive daily to provide every child in every classroom with an opportunity for a bright future. It is not a time to attack teachers' salaries, benefits, job security, or professionalism. For this one week of the year, le...

May 04, 2012

'Pineapplegate' Ignites Testing Debate

As a colleague pointed out to me today, 'Pineapplegate'—the uproar about a question on the New York state reading test—isn't going away. So it's high time we blogged about it. The controversy started when the New York Daily News ran a piece summarizing an "absurd test question about a tal...

May 04, 2012

U.S. Schools To See How They Stack Up Globally in New Pilot

Participating schools will be part of a pilot program aimed at measuring how their students compare with their global peers.

May 04, 2012

Utah To Downgrade Its Commitment to Use Common Tests

You might have heard that Utah has been surfing the waves of common-standards controversy lately. Now it appears that the standards aren't the only thing the state is uneasy about. It's also uneasy about the tests being designed for them. We are getting word that Utah plans to downgrade its members...

May 03, 2012

Civil Rights Coalition Presses Questions About GED Redesign

A civil rights coalition has scheduled a meeting with top GED officials to discuss its concerns that a redesign of the test will make it more expensive, and thus less accessible, for the low-income people who most need to take it.

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