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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.

August 12, 2011

Experts Caution Testing Consortia on Design, Accessibility

Experts caution the assessment consortia about making tests accessible to special-needs students, and designing a successful system that has multiple, varying goals.

August 09, 2011

Assessment Consortium Fleshes Out Vision of Standards

One of the two assessment consortia releases a document that edges closer to offering a picture of what mastering the common standards should look like.

August 05, 2011

Cheating Investigations Underway in N.J., Conn.

New Jersey and Connecticut join several other districts and states that are investigating allegations of teacher cheating on state tests, including Philadelphia, the District of Columbia and Georgia.

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