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April 22, 2014

Policy Tension in Florida Over Testing and School Choice

Negotiations over accountability for tax-credit scholarship students in Florida highlights competing desires for many state lawmakers.

April 17, 2014

More Research Needed on Proper Use of Common-Core Tests, Report Says

States and districts plan to use new common-core tests for teacher evaluation, but such a use "requires new validity and reliability evidence," according to a new report.

April 17, 2014

Memo to Washington: 'Physician, Heal Thyself!'

Theresa Rouse of King City Union School District, California responds to James W. Pellegrino and uses the analogy of a three-legged stool to explain the three major components of education reform: standards, assessment, and accountability.

April 16, 2014

Learning From the Reform Mistakes of the Past

James W. Pellegrino of University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that the assessment system should be built from the bottom up or inside out - starting with the classroom level and working towards the monitoring level -- just the REVERSE of what we have done with Common Core ELA and Math.

April 15, 2014

Wasting the Lessons of Assessment History

Mort Sherman of American Association of School Administrators responds to Henry Braun and suggests life beyond the efficiently scored tests that we are so dependent on. Particularly, he calls for a closer look at students' dispositions such as persistence, self regulation, and self evaluation.

April 01, 2014

More States Require Kindergarten Entrance Exams, Database Shows

The Education Commission of the States reports that more than half of the states and the District of Columbia now require children to take kindergarten entrance assessments.

March 06, 2014

Common-Core Delay Approved by N.Y. Assembly, Challenging Gov. Cuomo

The lower chamber of the New York legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill to delay aspects of the common core, but it faces an uncertain future.

February 14, 2014

Study Examines Cost Savings Through 'Machine Scoring' of Tests

A new study examines the cost savings available through scoring essay test items through automated machines, rather than by people.

January 28, 2014

National Federation of Blind Sues PARCC Over Field Test

Pilot tests being developed by one of two common-core testing consortia will not allow the use of Braille or text-to-speech technology.

January 24, 2014

N.Y. Seeks Permission to Give Out-of-Level Tests to Students With Disabilities

The state says this policy would allow students to be tested more accurately, but special education advocates worry such testing would lead to lowered standards.

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