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August 09, 2012

Assessment Consortia: Colorado Makes Its Choice

Colorado decides to commit to the PARCC consortium for common assessments.

August 09, 2012

Report Confirms Cheating at One D.C. School

The District of Columbia's Office of the Inspector General investigated allegations of cheating at one school that was prompted by a USA Today investigation.

August 07, 2012

Ohio District Chief: Attendance Tampering Possibly Led To Bonuses

The superintendent of the Columbus public schools says in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch that some principals may have engaged in wrongdoing by aggressively "scrubbing" student attendance data.

August 07, 2012

Charter School to Share Analytical Tools Nationwide

Aspire Public Schools, a California charter school operator, says it will make Schoolzilla, its tool for analyzing student performance, available for free to schools around the country.

August 07, 2012

NAEP to Expand Use of Background Data

The National Assessment Governing Board decided to expand use of the background questions posed to students who take the NAEP, or "nation's report card."

August 06, 2012

Utah Withdraws From Common-Assessment Work

Utah votes to withdraw from its common-assessment consortium.

August 05, 2012

SOS Event Draws Small Crowd, Focuses on Organizing

In sharp contrast to last summer's celebrity-attended rally and march to the White House, the Save Our Schools gathering this year proved a quiet, 150-person affair. Held this weekend in the regal Wardman Park Marriott in downtown Washington, the convention featured presentations on an array of to...

August 02, 2012

How Valuable Are College-Placement Tests?

A new study examines what college systems are doing to gauge students' readiness for credit-bearing work, as they recognize the limitations of traditional placement tests.

July 31, 2012

ACT Withdraws From PARCC Contract

Remember last week when I posted about new types of college-and-career-readiness tests entering the marketplace from ACT, among other companies? Here is a story I just finished about that, and its interaction with the state assessment consortia's work. There are many interesting dynamics at work ...

July 31, 2012

Feds Pledge More Focus on Outcomes for Students With Disabilities

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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