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July 09, 2014

Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments

Last spring, while millions of American students were bubbling in answers to multiple-choice questions on the ubiquitous tests that determine school and teacher ratings, student promotions, graduation, and college admissions, some students were meeting a higher standard. At the Urban Academy, a second chance high school in New York City that is part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, Gemma Venuti completed the set of research papers that were part of her graduation portfolio — and defended them before a committee of teachers, students, and experts from outside the school.

June 24, 2014

College Readiness Needs to Go Beyond Content to Skill Sets, Researcher Says

David Conley suggests students and colleges would be better served with a broader picture of their college- and career- readiness, including a scores reflecting their study skills, persistence, and technology proficiency.

June 05, 2014

Ed. Groups Push to Boost Federal Funding for Common-Core Tests

Schools will need more money from the federal government to buy the technology they need for online common-core assessments, some education organizations argue.

June 03, 2014

Survey Says Superintendents Back Common Core, Wary on Implementation

A survey finds that while most top district administrators support the Common Core State Standards, they also have mixed feelings about other policies associated with the common core.

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.

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