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October 22, 2014

Chicago District Wants One-Year Delay of PARCC Test

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, will ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.

October 22, 2014

Chicago Schools Chief Asks to Delay PARCC Assessment

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, announced that she plans to ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.

October 21, 2014

New York State Approves Career-Focused Graduation Pathways

Students in New York state will soon have the option to replace one of the history exams now required for graduation with a career-focused art or science exam.

October 21, 2014

Do Curricular Standards Get a Bad Rap?

Is there any point in having curricular benchmarks at the district, state, or national level? Jack Schneider and Julian Vasquez Heilig discuss.

October 21, 2014

We Need Standards Without Standardizing

Meier: Teaching "to" a prefabricated curriculum ... and thus also to the test that comes along with it cannot lead to the kind of feistiness that a good school should be an exemplar of.

October 20, 2014

Florida's First Formal Move Against the U.S. Dept. of Ed on ELL Testing

Scott sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, requesting a hearing on the issue before the Office of the Administrative Law Judges.

October 20, 2014

Florida Takes First Formal Step Against U.S. Dept. of Ed. on ELL Testing

Scott sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, requesting a hearing on the issue before the Office of the Administrative Law Judges.

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.

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