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May 30, 2014

New Orleans Is An All-Charter City. Is That a Good Thing?

In his final column for Education Week, Sam Chaltain considers the news that New Orleans is now host to the first all-charter school district in the country, and wonders if that's a milestone we should be celebrating, mourning -- or both.

May 30, 2014

New York Union Encourages Districts to Boycott Field Tests

The state teachers' union says that districts should boycott Pearson-developed common-core tests, adding fuel to a bourgeoning anti-test sentiment in the Empire State.

May 28, 2014

Winning School Board Candidates in New York Area Backed by Opt-Out Group

More than a third of the Long Island, N.Y.-area school board members elected this month with support from an opt-out group have education-related backgrounds.

May 28, 2014

Award of PARCC Contract to Pearson Can Be Reviewed, Judge Rules

The ruling by a New Mexico judge halts work on the testing contract until the state purchasing department considers a challenge filed by the American Institutes for Research.

May 27, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Rigid IQ-Score Cutoff in Capital Cases

The justices rule 5-4 that a state may not set an IQ score of 70 or below as the rigid cutoff that would permit it to execute a person with an intellectual disability in a capital case.

May 22, 2014

Oklahoma Ends Retention Policy for 3rd Graders Who Fail Reading Test

In Oklahoma, thousands of students will now be able to move from 3rd to 4th grade despite having failed a state standardized reading test.

May 21, 2014

Louisiana Bill Would Let IEP Teams Make Graduation, Promotion Decisions

High-stakes tests are a barrier for students, say supporters, but the proposed policy will result in lowered expectations for students, other advocacy groups say.

May 21, 2014

Testing Landscape Fragments as More States Opt Out of Consortium Tests

An Education Week analysis of all the states' testing plans shows that although most states belong to one of the assessment consortia, many plan to use other tests in 2014-15.

May 19, 2014

Revoking the Common Standards: An Idea Under Consideration in Several States

Not long ago, Indiana became the first state to "un-adopt" the Common Core State Standards. But Indiana might soon have company.

May 16, 2014

Parents, Educators, Advocates Support 'Taking Back Our Schools' Rally in N.Y.C.

A New York City-based rally will aim to unite supporters seeking the elimination of high-stakes testing and corporate influence in public schools.

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