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August 25, 2014

Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment

The PARCC consortium drops some items from its literacy test, saying that it could still test the standards sufficiently with fewer items.

August 21, 2014

U.S. Ed. Sec. Duncan: Too Much Testing Costs Teachers and Students 'Precious Time'

U.S. Education Secretary identifies bad tests, and too much testing, as key problems, but doesn't provide details yet on what the department might do about them.

August 21, 2014

Accountability Report Urges Fewer Tests, More Peer Review

A report from the National Center on Education and the Economy says holding teachers accountable for the results on annual standardized tests is not in line with international practices and warps instruction unproductively.

August 19, 2014

Can Computerized Essay-Scoring Make Students Better Writers?

Despite the many negative associations with automated essay-scoring, there's some evidence it may actually be more effective in changing student behavior than human scoring, Annie Murphy Paul wrote recently in the Hechinger Report.

August 18, 2014

New Skirmish Over N.Y. Common-Core Tests: Artificially Boosting the Scores?

New York state K-12 officials deny that they deceived the public by gaming how recent state assessments were scored, but others aren't so sure.

August 18, 2014

National Groups Release New Standards for Educational Research Testing

National research groups have released new standards for education research testing.

August 18, 2014

Don't Hate the Standards, Hate the Test

Do you hate the Common Core or do you hate the tests that are associated with the Common Core? Do you have a hard time separating the two? Too often school stakeholders spend their energy focusing on the wrong issues and therefore never address the actual problem. Do you think it's time for a change?

August 14, 2014

Ohio Ed. Department Revises Report Cards in Data-Scrubbing Scandal

In new report cards released this week—which added the scores of more than 1,500 students—the ratings for 20 Columbus City Schools were lowered.

August 14, 2014

Mixed Bag for N.Y. State Students in Second Year of Common-Core Tests

Math scores increased for New York students in the second year of common-core-aligned tests, but English/language arts scored stayed flat, according to results released Thursday.

August 14, 2014

Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core

A survey by the Education Week Research Center finds teachers less than enthusiastic about the quality of their common-core professional development, and about the alignment of their instructional materials to the new standards.

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