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April 30, 2015

Judge Slashes Sentences of Three Convicted in Atlanta Test-Cheating Scandal

Fulton County, Ga., Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter told the former educators and their lawyers that the sentences he handed down in mid-April were too harsh.

April 30, 2015

What's the Appropriate Role of Profit-Making Companies in Student/School Assessment?

The marketplace works for its purposes--deciding who will make a profit and who will not. Democracy is after an entirely different goal. Whether it's compatible, or even essentially partnered with democracy is arguable. But we need to take the profit motive out of are judging our fellow citizens--starting at birth.

April 30, 2015

Massachusetts Begins Process of Deciding Between PARCC and MCAS

The first public hearing on the choice of PARCC versus MCAS had its share of praise and criticism for the new online test.

April 30, 2015

Hispanic Students' Performance Seen as Bright Spot in NAEP

Experts weigh in on achievement growth among Hispanic students on 2014 NAEP tests in U.S. history, civics, and geography

April 29, 2015

N.J. Officials Strike Preliminary Deal Over PARCC's Weight in Teacher Evaluations

The use of test scores in teacher evaluations continues to be a controversial issue in many states, and New Jersey could soon agree to reduce the weight of PARCC scores in the 2015-16 evaluations.

April 29, 2015

Eighth Graders' Flatline on NAEP U.S. History, Civics, and Geography Tests

The latest results from "the Nation's Report Card" show no significant gains since 2010 in U.S. history, civics or geography among 8th graders.

April 28, 2015

Connect Learning to Life, NOT Tests

It's time to fight the testing culture and consider the bigger picture. How can educators better align learning for life and not for testing? As we make pedagogical decisions daily, teachers need to weigh the importance of learning vs cramming for a test that isn't going to impact a child's overall level of mastery.

April 27, 2015

Nev. Vendor: American Institutes for Research at Fault for Testing Disruptions

The American Institutes for Research has emerged as major player in recent years in the increasingly competitive world of state assessments.

April 27, 2015

Florida's Biggest District Cuts Nearly All End-of-Course Exams

Miami-Dade drops 290 of 300 end-of-course exams that had been a state requirement, and Texas inches closer to rolling back graduation tests.

April 24, 2015

Poll Finds Most California Parents Know Little About Common-Core Tests

Few Californians believe their schools administer too many standardized tests, according to a new poll, which also found that knowledge about the common-core standards is weak.

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