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May 16, 2011

Computer-Adaptive Testing Poses Challenges, Expert Warns

Key challenges accompany the endeavor to move from paper-and-pencil tests to computer tests, including the need for a larger and better-designed pool of test, enough computers, and the money to pay for it all.

May 13, 2011

UPDATED: Counterpunches on Common Curriculum

Organizers of a manifesto against common standards, curriculum and tests launch another volley in the argument with those who support them.

May 13, 2011

The Price of a GED: A Casualty of Tough Fiscal Times?

Because states set their own prices for the GED, tight budgets could drive up the price of that exam.

May 11, 2011

Why Did Duncan's Letter Backfire?

In case you missed the fireworks last week, Diane Ravitch recaps the negative reaction to Education Secretary Arne Duncan's open letter to teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. A memorable way of putting it: It [the letter] should have been about as controversial as the president's annual Tha...

May 06, 2011

Moving From the Common-Assessment World to US Dept of Ed

A leader of a group working on common assessments joins the U.S. Department of Education.

May 06, 2011

In Defense of Testing

Political blogger Matthew Yglesias points to a new report showing that nearly half of adults in Detroit are functionally illiterate. In that light, he contends, it's hard to argue against the need for standardized testing in schools: Under those circumstances, I find it difficult to be seized with...

May 05, 2011

'Fact-lets' of Education

I noticed that two Harlem schools just a few blocks away—both serving largely poor, black students—served students whose families were often quite different. "Poor" covers a lot of territory. I

May 05, 2011

Is Your Civics Knowledge a) Advanced, b) Proficient, c) Basic, or d) Below Basic?

Most U.S. students failed to reach the proficient level on the 2010 NAEP civics exam.

May 04, 2011

Experts Urge California to Join Both Assessment Groups

Two Californians urge their state to keep join both testing consortia while it figures out which group's approach is best for the state.

May 03, 2011

Group Urges Testing Consortia to Report Mean Scores

A Washington research group urges the state assessment consortia to heed key design features that maximize usefulness of the data.

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