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July 28, 2012

AFT Delegates Take Stand on Standardized Testing

AFT passes a resolution saying standardized testing should be used to improve teaching, not sanction students or teachers.

July 27, 2012

Union Fights State Effort to Implement La. Voucher Program

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

Common Assessments: More Than Two Games In Town

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

Florida: Cut Schools for Severe Disabilities From Grading System

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

Second $100k Hewlett Prize Takes on Short Answer Challenge

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

Assessment Group Seeks Feedback on College-Readiness Definition

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

Louisiana Official Takes Key Post at State Chiefs' Group

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

Testing Consortia: South Carolina Makes Its Choice

South Carolina, one of the few states still participating in both test-design consortia, chooses the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium approach.

June 28, 2012

Girls Have Edge With Hands-On Science Tasks, NAEP Suggests

Although some recent data show boys outpace girls in science achievement, a new NAEP study suggests girls have an edge when it comes to applying that learning in a hands-on setting.

June 27, 2012

Washington Insiders Size Up Common-Core Support, Testing Consortia

Far more Washington insiders think the PARCC assessment consortium is "on the right track" than is the other testing group, Smarter Balanced, but both group's ratings are improving.

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