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February 08, 2012

Study: Parents, Teachers Favor Formative Over Summative Tests

A survey of parents, teachers and district administrators shows that they find more value in formative tests than summative ones, but also shows a lot of confusion about various types of tests.

February 06, 2012

Testing? No, No Testing, No Matter What

Anthony Herrera could become ill if he takes high-stakes tests, his mother said, and he was discriminated against because he wouldn't take them. An investigation found he wasn't the victim of discrimination, but Anthony won't take the tests this year, anyway.

February 03, 2012

Kentucky Eliminates 'Read-Aloud' Assistance on State, National Exams

The state board of education banned the use of readers on some state tests, whether that means people or computer software that read text aloud, an accommodation used by some students with disabilities, who also use this kind of help in class every day.

February 02, 2012

Common Standards, Not Tests, for Charter Schools Network

A charter schools network with schools in both New York and Connecticut exemplifies the challenge of having common standards without fully common assessments.

February 01, 2012

A Teacher's Test Problems

Having just finished scoring a batch of state English exams, NYC teacher Mrs. Eyre expresses sympathy for an ELL student who wrote one of the required essays in her native language: This student was clearly not ready for the challenge of writing an entire essay in English. [That] was someone's dec...

January 31, 2012

Does President Obama Know What Race to the Top Is?

Do you think that President Obama just doesn't understand that Race to the Top has encouraged states to double down on high-stakes testing? Maybe he doesn't realize that the strategies of his administration rely totally on test scores.

January 27, 2012

Principals Balk at Stepped-Up Demands for Teacher Evaluations

The expanded teacher evaluation process required by some education reform efforts takes too much time for too little reward, some principals say.

January 25, 2012

Va. Senate Votes to End Science, History Testing for 3rd Graders

The Virginia Senate delivered a bipartisan vote in favor of a bill that would end required state testing of 3rd graders in science and history.

January 25, 2012

Teacher Evaluations Must Be Fair

One of the highest compliments a teacher can get from a student is to be told that she or he is fair. When students believe their teacher is fair, they accept test grades, homework assignments, and discipline without drama. Teachers, like their students and like people in other professions, apprec...

January 25, 2012

States Anticipate Technology Challenges With Common Tests

A new survey of states finds that they anticipate significant technological challenges implementing tests for the common standards.

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