Edynn Y. Sato, English-language learner testing expert at WestEd, will serve as a new technical adviser for the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium.
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April 05, 2011
April 04, 2011
The two consortia creating content tests as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative are beginning to take small steps to consider the needs of English-language learners.
March 31, 2011
In real time, the government is paying people to invent more bubble tests for the untested subjects (art, science, physical education), and we're giving these not just annually, but four, five, six, 10 times a year to see if teachers are keeping up the needed pace, not to mention to determine how some of those teacher will get paid!
March 30, 2011
President Barack Obama's comments about testing students less raise questions for the consortia of states that are designing tests for the common standards.
March 29, 2011
Will Richardson, the teacher-turned-tech-expert who was featured in our previous Teacher PD Sourcebook, recently gave a presentation for TEDxNYEd, a spinoff of the renowned yearly TED Talk conferences. Richardson says kids today, in the era of smartphones and constant connectivity, learn different...
March 29, 2011
Merit pay has been tried again and again since the 1920s. Sometimes scores go up, sometimes they don't, but the programs never seem to make much difference and eventually disappear.
March 18, 2011
Missouri drops performance tasks and essay writing from its state exams, echoing a move Maryland made in 2002. Both raise questions for the state consortia designing new tests for the common standards.
March 16, 2011
Updated: Education Secretary Vows to Move Away From 2 Percent Rule for Testing Students With Disabilities
"I just want to say, here and now, for the record, we are moving away from the 2 percent proxy rule," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "We will not issue another policy that allows districts to disguise the educational performance of 2 percent of students."
March 15, 2011
The GED will become available via computer in four states this spring.
March 09, 2011
A call for shared curriculum generates debate.