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June 18, 2012

Contract Awarded to Oversee Teacher Assessment Leaders

A professional development group has won a $4.3 million contract to train teachers as leaders in the PARCC assessment system.

June 12, 2012

Academic Fraud: Does Anyone Care?

As the pressure to reach the targets get tougher, many districts are devising ways to raise their graduation rates that have nothing to do with thinking and learning. A prime suspect is credit recovery.

June 11, 2012

Student Performance Must be Part of Teacher Evaluation, Calif. Judge Says

California has a 40-year-old state law that says pupil progress on state tests must be a part of evaluating teachers, but the district's teacher's union has opposed such moves.

June 11, 2012

Evidence Persists of STEM Achievement Gap for Girls

Recent data point to an achievement gap in STEM based on gender in the United States, as seen in results from the Advanced Placement program, NAEP, and international tests.

June 08, 2012

New CEO at McGraw-Hill Education Brings Tech Background

McGraw-Hill has named a new leader for its educational division, which soon will become a separate company.

June 07, 2012

Common Standards Driving Assessment Questions

Three years before the common assessments are fully operational and rolled out, we see ripples from the common standards affecting assessment. Take as one example the many questions hovering about students with disabilities. As my colleague Nirvi Shah reports, the path to assessing such students is...

June 07, 2012

Oregon Braille Testing Prompted in Part by Complaint

The state's goal was to ultimately include all students in the online adaptive testing system. The complaint nudged the education department to get to that goal more quickly.

June 05, 2012

The Pearsonizing of the American Mind

Of course, Pearson is not just a publisher of standardized tests. It is a mega-corporation. It is a behemoth of for-profit goods and services to the education marketplace.

May 31, 2012

One Million Teachers Just Choked

I have had the pleasure of working with some great teachers who happen to be registered Republicans, and they've been pretty loyal to their Party's nominees in the past. They have let me know how disappointed they have been with the current administration's preoccupation with using student test data...

May 30, 2012

NCLB Waivers: More Time, New Goals, But Still: Those Tests!

States' winning applications for waivers from No Child Left Behind shift the goals and timelines of tests.

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