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April 25, 2011

Should Congress Tie Title I Aid to Common Standards, Tests?

A Washington think tank recommends that Congress tie federal Title I money to adoption of the common standards, or equally rigorous college- and career-ready standards.

April 21, 2011

The Company We Keep, and Why It Matters

As students, we are in school at most a third of our waking hours every year. Given "how" we learn, how best can we bridge school and the other two-thirds "efficiently"?

April 19, 2011

Technological-Capacity Questions Dog Assessment Consortia

Experts caution the two assessment consortia to attend to technological-capacity issues in states and districts.

April 18, 2011

Aren't Pep Rallies for Football Teams?

Will Richardson is seriously aggrieved by the curious spectacle of school standardized testing pep rallies: You have to wonder, is this really what we've come to in schools? That we have to remind kids that they are "bigger than the test" and show pictures of kids with captions like "6th Grade: N...

April 18, 2011

Assessment Consortia: New Shifts in Membership

New Jersey and Oklahoma drop the SMARTER Balanced Consortium and work exclusively with PARCC.

April 13, 2011

Science, Math Play Key Roles in High School Coursework

A new study from NAEP shows the key roles that math and science play in students' high school coursework.

April 12, 2011

Study Shows Math Graphics Aid ELLs on Tests

A new study from the University of Georgia shows that if test developers include graphics with math items that are relevant to the question asked, they can partly close the performance gap on those test items between English-proficient students and English-language learners.

April 12, 2011

Vouchers Make a Comeback, But Why?

That last argument is the one that really moves policymakers in these tough fiscal times. Imagine that: voucher schools may not educate kids better, but they can do the job at half the cost. That's powerful, and it reveals what matters most these days: not improving education, not encouraging creativity and innovation, but cutting costs.

April 11, 2011

Pearson Solicits Input About Transition to Online Testing

Pearson solicits help in brainstorming about the best ways for states to transition to online testing.

April 11, 2011

AERA: Graphic Test Questions Help ELLs Translate Math

A new study from the University of Georgia, presented at the American Educational Research Association conference, suggests that including appropriate graphics with test questions can help English-language learners translate their math skills, even when there are no other accommodations available.

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