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September 29, 2014

Common-Core Math Testing: Using an Equation Editor

Both of the consortia creating common-core tests say they're improving their equation editors, but math experts say students won't have much trouble figuring out how to use them.

September 26, 2014

New York Parent Group Aims to Boost Number of Students Boycotting State Tests

The goal of a parent-advocacy group is to rally the parents of 250,000 students to refuse to take state tests in 2015, building on an opt-out effort that took place earlier this year.

September 26, 2014

Satirical Video Game Skewers NCLB, Charter Schools, Testing

An indie video game dubbed "No Pineapple Left Behind," currently under development, offers a satirical take on public school management. Its motto: "They take tests. You make money."

September 26, 2014

Florida PTA Urges State to Make Changes to School Accountability System

Florida parents are concerned about what they see as the system's lack of flexibility, particularly for English-language learners and children with disabilities.

September 25, 2014

Common-Core Assessment Group Revises Testing Time

New figures, based on field-testing data, show that schools will have to allot 10 to 11 hours to allow students enough time to finish the tests.

September 22, 2014

Lawsuit Targets Common-Core Tests as 'Illegal Interstate Compact'

A Missouri lawsuit claims that the state's funding of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium illegally cedes state sovereignty over its K-12 policy.

September 22, 2014

Colorado Teacher Refuses to Give Common-Core Tests

The elementary school literacy coach objects to the "onslaught" of common-core curricula and the increasing load of test preparation.

September 19, 2014

New Federal Legislation Introduced to Reduce Mandated Tests

The latest piece of legislation that aims to cut back on testing would allow students in grades 3-8 to take only one test per year: English/language arts or mathematics.

September 19, 2014

AFT Backs Newest Proposal to Reduce Testing

Under Rep. Steve Israel's new bill, the federal role in federal testing would shrink.

September 18, 2014

Connecticut Governor To Arne Duncan: Let's Start a Dialogue About Testing

Malloy sent a letter to Duncan, saying that he wants to "start a dialogue" between the feds and Connecticut on ways to "reduce the testing burden."

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