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May 22, 2013

ACT: 'We Are a Plan B' for Common Assessments

The maker of the ACT college entrance exam offers itself as an alternative to common tests being designed by two federally funded consortia designing tests for the common standards.

May 21, 2013

Bad to Good and Good to Great

The charter movement had it right from the get-go: Each school would have its own "charter" spelling out the results that it would be responsible for achieving.

May 21, 2013

Chiefs Group: No Moratorium on Common-Core Stakes

In a rebuttal to the AFT president's call for a moratorium on high-stakes consequences for the common core, Chiefs for Change calls for holding fast to accountability.

May 20, 2013

Seattle Teachers' Test Boycott Pays Off

The Seattle school district announced that high schools in the city will no longer be required to administer the Measures of Academic Progress assessment—a computerized adaptive test teachers had refused to give earlier this year.

May 17, 2013

40 States Probed Alleged Cheating on Tests, Federal Report Finds

A new federal study shows few states are untouched by cheating probes, and all are aware their testing systems are vulnerable to cheating.

May 16, 2013

Problem vs. Solution: A Response

We need a diversity of attempted solutions;mistakes must be honored, not attacked.

May 16, 2013

There Is Only One Effective Teacher Evaluation

Teacher evaluations that are being perpetrated on teachers by politicians and reformers are wrong-headed. Peer Assistance and Review programs offer the best method that assure teacher quality.

May 16, 2013

Can We Take a Tylenol® for the Madness?

We have endured the tests. Now we must plan for the reaction to the scores. Tisch and others should stand up with us and join us in navigating the turbulence caused by this change.

May 14, 2013

NAEP Faces Budget Ax: Social Studies Exams to Be Scaled Back

The National Assessment of Educational Progress in civics, history, and geography is being scaled back because of budget cuts. It will only be offered to 8th graders.

May 14, 2013

And So Ends the Seattle Testing Boycott Saga—for Now

Seattle superintendent José Banda emailed the district with a plan of action for the MAP test that spawned a teacher boycott.

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