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April 05, 2011

A Note on Tests Aligned With the Common Standards and ELLs

Edynn Y. Sato, English-language learner testing expert at WestEd, will serve as a new technical adviser for the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium.

April 04, 2011

ELLs and Assessments Pegged to the Common-Core Standards

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

The President's Radical Comments on Testing

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

To Test Annually or Not, Mr. President? That Is the Question

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

TEDx Talk: Make Schools Relevant

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

Thoughts on the Failure of Merit Pay

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

Writing, Performance Tasks Dumped From Missouri Exams

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

GED Program to Phase In Computer-Based Testing

The GED will become available via computer in four states this spring.

March 09, 2011

Shared Curriculum, 3rd Grade Reading and Formative Tests

A call for shared curriculum generates debate.

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