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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.

April 24, 2015

Colorado K-12 Chief Announces Retirement Amid State Board Shift

State board elections in 2014 led to new members and new tension between Commissioner Robert Hammond and board members, including over the common core and aligned tests.

April 24, 2015

Test Vendor Points to AIR Slow Delivery as Key Factor in Nevada's Testing Woes

Recent problems in Nevada's administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium common-core tests were attributed to late delivery of open-source code.

April 24, 2015

Designing Assessments for Competency-Based Learning

A new report explores the thorny questions involved in gauging student learning in a competency-based learning system.

April 23, 2015

Why Aren't More School Leaders and Teachers Joining Forces to Get Rid of Destructive Policy?

If your district has a genuine professional collaboration model--different work, but same level of respect and influence for teachers and school leaders--that's admirable. So--are you working together to advocate for change? Or merely going through the motions of Schooling 2015? Why aren't teachers, parents and school leaders everywhere joining forces to put a stop to the worst of it--the selling off of public resources to for-profit CMOs, teacher evaluation by test data, and loss of local control over core work: curriculum, instruction, assessment?

April 23, 2015

Common-Core Exam Leaked in N.Y. as Media Tracks Testing Opt-Outs

According to the New York Post, portions of New York state's English/language arts test were posted Wednesday on a Facebook group called "Education is a Journey, Not a Race."

April 23, 2015

New York Exam Leaked, Opt-Outs Mount

Until now, the main strategy for opt-out activists has been simply sitting out the test. Now it includes posting portions of the exam online.

April 21, 2015

Judge to Resentence Three Administrators in Atlanta Test-Cheating Case

Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams and Michael Pitts were among the convicted educators who turned down plea offers from the district attorney that could have allowed them to avoid prison.

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