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October 16, 2014

Washington State Voids Test Scores at Seattle School Due to High Erasure Rates

State officials stopped short of saying that cheating occurred at the elementary school, but noted that "significant" changes—including a high number of erasures from incorrect to correct answers—signaled that testing protocols were not followed.

October 16, 2014

State and District Tests Frequent, But Take Little Instructional Time, Study Says

The Washington-based Center for American Progress released a report this morning looking at how much time students spend taking state- and district-required tests.

October 16, 2014

Getting Past Surreal Arguments on the Common Core

Casey: In my judgment, the [common-core] standards have the potential to do some real good.

October 16, 2014

How Would Some Experts Design K-12 Accountability From Scratch?

State tests would be less frequent and assessments would incorporate a lot of performance tasks, in an imaginary 51st state.

October 15, 2014

Kindergarten-Readiness Tests: Navigating a Tricky Terrain

Pennsylvania's new kindergarten-entrance assessment is hobbled by insufficient training for teachers and weak outreach to educators and parents, a new report contends.

October 15, 2014

State and District Leaders Vow to Reduce Testing, Stick With Annual Assessments

State school chiefs and urban district leaders committed to eliminating redundant tests, but they also made clear that they will not back away from annual standardized testing.

October 15, 2014

State and District Leaders Vow to Reduce Testing, Stick With Yearly Assessments

State school chiefs and urban district leaders committed to eliminating redundant tests, but they also made clear that they will not back away from annual standardized testing.

October 14, 2014

Fewer Tests: Momentum Building, But for Different Solutions

Anti-testing sentiment moves into the Washington policy world, but "solving" the testing problem means different things to different people.

October 14, 2014

Atlanta Cheating Case: Prosecution Zeroes In on Former Regional Director

The trial in the nation's largest cheating scandal is now in its third week. A dozen former educators and administrators face felony racketeering charges for their alleged roles in changing students' test scores to inflate performance and qualify for bonuses.

October 13, 2014

Ed. Dept. and Florida Continue Face-off on Testing of English-Language Learners

Florida officials are reportedly planning to take legal action against the department this week in a clash over the question of when the performance of ELLs should factor into the state's accountability system.

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