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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.

March 09, 2011

USA Today: Some Test Gains May Be Hard to Believe

The newspaper found 1,600 examples of "anomalies" in test-score gains that experts deem statistically rare and "perhaps suspect."

March 08, 2011

Is Utah's English Fluency Bar for ELLs Too High?

In Utah, 39 percent of ELLs in 10th grade who meet the state's standard to be redesignated as fluent in English on the state's regular content test do not meet the bar for English fluency on the state's English-language-proficiency test.

March 08, 2011

Signs of Hope?

There really is a bipartisan consensus on education reform. It happens to be the Republican agenda of the past 30 years.

March 04, 2011

Phasing Out State Tests for Common Assessments

With the development of new tests for the common standards, it will be interesting to see how states phase out or tweak their old assessment systems.

March 04, 2011

Performance Lags for Students With Hearing Impairments

A study finds that "higher percentages of youth with hearing impairments scored below the mean in reading, math, science and social studies, compared to students in the general population.

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