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January 26, 2015

The 'Rise and Fall' of Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Standards

Intended for students who could not master grade-level content in one school year, these tests are on their way out, but they leave several lessons in their wake, says a recent analysis.

January 23, 2015

Elimination of Special Ed. Caps in Draft NCLB Reauthorization Irks Advocates

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities' education task force, a coalition of more than 20 groups, said eliminating the cap would "wipe out a decade of progress."

January 23, 2015

Testing Scuffles Persist, Cast Doubt on Common-Core Assessments

Assessment continues its uphill push for support, with recent outcroppings of opposition in Arizona, Indiana and Chicago.

January 22, 2015

Advocacy Groups Oppose Removal of Special Education Testing Caps

Allowing an unlimited number of students with disabilities to take alternate tests will place them in a lower academic track, argues the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

January 22, 2015

House Will Clear NCLB Reauthorization By March, Ed. Leader Says

John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House education committee, said he will use the Student Success Act, the bill he ushered through the House in the 113th Congress, as the starting point for the legislative process.

January 21, 2015

No Resolution to Annual-Testing Debate After First NCLB Reauthorization Hearing

After two-and-a-half hours of hearing from a diverse panel of witnesses, chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., still hadn't come down on one side of the testing debate.

January 21, 2015

Democrats' Bill in Congress Aims to Help States Ditch Low-Quality Tests

"Assessments can help determine students' progress, inform instruction, and support academic growth, but too many tests fail to meet these standards," said U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.

January 20, 2015

Bill Would Allow States to Reconsider Their Testing Regimens

The measure, co-sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., comes just one day before the Senate education committee's hearing on testing and accountability.

January 20, 2015

School Choice, Common Core, Too Much Testing, & Other Thoughts

Meier: I'm against all choice methods that give the school the right to choose rather than the students and families.

January 19, 2015

Teacher Voices on NCLB

Teachers weigh in on the debate over NCLB. Read to find out what some California teachers are thinking regarding Common Core State Standards, annual testing, and what the new law should focus on in the years to come.

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