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January 29, 2015

Most New Jersey Parents Say Testing Too Taxing, Poll Finds

A new poll find that the majority of New Jersey parents believe they should have the right to opt their children out of state standardized testing.

January 29, 2015

Oklahoma PTA Encourages Parents to Opt Students Out of State Writing Tests

The Oklahoma PTA is urging parents to refuse to allow their children to take the state's writing assessments in February.

January 29, 2015

Colorado Task Force Recommends Cutbacks in Testing

Created in response to concerns about too much testing, a task force suggests Colorado drop many of its high school tests but acknowledges that NCLB limits the state's options to curb tests.

January 29, 2015

The Snow-Day Decision

The public's unforgiving criticism of the recent snowstorm that hit the northeast offers an exaggerated insight into the ongoing commentary about the work of educators and the politicians who they have voted into office.

January 28, 2015

Speaker Boehner Supports Annual Tests in NCLB Renewal

Boehner was an architect of the original NCLB law when he served as chairman of the House education committee back in 2001.

January 28, 2015

Rep. John Kline: Annual, Statewide Tests Give Parents, School Boards Transparency

The head of the House education committee stressed that keeping the No Child Left Behind Act's testing regime intact is necessary, but would ditch the law's punitive sanctions.

January 26, 2015

ESEA Hearing: What Wasn't Answered

There is no point in discussing what testing program best provides accountability if the tests do not actually measure any of the things we want schools to be accountable for.

January 26, 2015

Study Suggests Using Poverty as a Factor in Teacher Evaluation

Researchers suggest comparing "similarly circumstanced" schools in order to fairly evaluate teachers.

January 26, 2015

The 'Rise and Fall' of Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Standards

Intended for students who could not master grade-level content in one school year, these tests are on their way out, but they leave several lessons in their wake, says a recent analysis.

January 23, 2015

Elimination of Special Ed. Caps in Draft NCLB Reauthorization Irks Advocates

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities' education task force, a coalition of more than 20 groups, said eliminating the cap would "wipe out a decade of progress."

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