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July 28, 2015

Rural Colorado Districts Lead State in Opting Out of Exams

The two rural district had 100 percent of students in some grades opt-out of science or social studies exams.

July 28, 2015

Teacher-Turned-Congressman: Rep. Mark Takano's Take on ESEA Rewrite

Takano favors grade-span testing, supports the federal mandate that states and schools test 95 percent of students, and thinks accountability should be entirely left up to states.

July 27, 2015

Free AP Lessons Offered Online in Calculus, Physics, Macroeconomics

A MOOC-provider teams up with the College Board to release materials aimed at students who are underrepresented in AP classes.

July 23, 2015

Seven States Get NCLB Waiver Renewals, Including Opt-Out Friendly Oregon

Alaska, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, and Utah can keep their flexibility from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act, no matter what happens with a pending rewrite of the law.

July 22, 2015

As PARCC Sheds States, Is the Common-Core Test Toast or Tougher Than it Looks?

PARCC has plans to survive, but the fate of the common-core testing consortium remains very much up in the air as the 2015-16 school year approaches.

July 21, 2015

What Opting In Reveals About Opting Out

Every year millions of students Opt-in to voluntary Advanced Placement tests. What can these students tell us about the reasons other students and families are choosing to Opt-Out?

July 21, 2015

When Should ELL Test Results Matter Under the ESEA?

It's an issue to watch as Congress rewrites the Elementary and Secondary Education Act--and as states are approved for waiver renewals under the current law.

July 20, 2015

New York State's Request for Waiver on Testing Rejected by Education Department

New York had asked the U.S. Department of Education for permission to give some special education students tests that match their instructional level, rather than their grade.

July 17, 2015

'Authentic' Assessment Shapes Learning at a New York City High School

We profile a high school where students have to explain and defend their ideas in major year-long projects in order to earn their diplomas.

July 17, 2015

New Calif. Lawsuit Seeks to Compel Use of Tests in Teacher Evaluation

From the team that brought you the Vergara v. California lawsuit comes a new legal challenge aimed at forcing districts to use test scores to evaluate their teachers.

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