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September 09, 2011

One Opinion: New Assessments Should Keep ELLs in Mind

A commentary writer says English-language learners' needs should be considered from the get-go when drafting the new, common core assessments.

September 06, 2011

Duncan Names New Members to Assessment Board

Secretary Duncan today named five new members to the National Assessment Governing Board, including the superintendent of the Baltimore district and Kentucky's commissioner.

September 06, 2011

Reflections on the March on Washington, July 30, 2011

I know of no other time in our history when thousands of teachers and parents massed on the Mall in Washington to protest misguided federal policies and to demand changes that will truly improve education and help children learn.

September 01, 2011

Teacher Collaboration: The Missing Link in School Reform?

The current education reform ethos has centered on improving individual teachers' effectiveness and accountability—through merit-pay programs and the use of value-added performance data, for example. But in an interesting article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Carrie R. Leana, a prof...

August 30, 2011

Assessment Consortium Releases Math Content Specifications

A group of states designing tests for the common standards releases a document outlining the "evidence of learning" students should have to demonstrate to show mastery of the common standards in math.

August 25, 2011

Test Consortium Delays Release of Math-Content Specifications

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium delays the release of its math content specifications.

August 24, 2011

Is Rampant Test-Tampering Inevitable?

Responding to news of possible "test tampering" in New York City, NYC Educator makes a troubling prediction: Count on this—the cheating we hear about is the tip of the iceberg, and as long as we have this insane emphasis on test scores, it will grow exponentially worse. On the other hand: ...

August 18, 2011

Comment Period Extended for Content Frameworks

One of the two state assessment consortia extends its public comment period for draft content frameworks.

August 17, 2011

ACT Seeks to Connect Test Scores, Career Readiness

ACT's annual score report attempts to link scores on the college-entrance exam to career readiness.

August 12, 2011

Study: When Bullying is Up, Test Scores Are Down

A new study finds that schools with more bullying may also have lower test scores.

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