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May 06, 2015

NAEP Governing Board Gets New Chief Executive

A veteran educator is stepping up to become executive director of the board that oversees "the nation's report card."

May 05, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Mull Test Reduction and Test-Writing Power for Districts

Such legislation could serve to satisfy testing skeptics or outright opponents from different political camps, without going so far as to defy federal law regarding testing.

May 05, 2015

Students Snap Pictures of PARCC Test, Teachers Disciplined

A few incidents of lax oversight have resulted in warnings or disciplinary steps.

May 04, 2015

HBO's John Oliver Takes on Standardized Testing

The cable host's "Last Week Tonight" skewers test preparation at school, the tests themselves, test publishers, and the political atmosphere around school accountability.

May 04, 2015

What's Wrong With Standardized Testing? Watch John Oliver Offer His Analysis

In a sprawling but nuanced examination, comedian John Oliver explained why the U.S. standardized testing system exists and the harms it creates.

May 04, 2015

Ga. Schools Chief: Testing Snafu With Unknown Impact Is 'Unacceptable'

Problems with common-core-aligned exams mirror those in Montana and Nevada, but the Associated Press reports that the glitches are not as severe as in other states.

April 30, 2015

Judge Slashes Sentences of Three Convicted in Atlanta Test-Cheating Scandal

Fulton County, Ga., Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter told the former educators and their lawyers that the sentences he handed down in mid-April were too harsh.

April 30, 2015

What's the Appropriate Role of Profit-Making Companies in Student/School Assessment?

The marketplace works for its purposes--deciding who will make a profit and who will not. Democracy is after an entirely different goal. Whether it's compatible, or even essentially partnered with democracy is arguable. But we need to take the profit motive out of are judging our fellow citizens--starting at birth.

April 30, 2015

Massachusetts Begins Process of Deciding Between PARCC and MCAS

The first public hearing on the choice of PARCC versus MCAS had its share of praise and criticism for the new online test.

April 30, 2015

Hispanic Students' Performance Seen as Bright Spot in NAEP

Experts weigh in on achievement growth among Hispanic students on 2014 NAEP tests in U.S. history, civics, and geography

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