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March 27, 2015

Smarter Balanced Delays Spur Headaches in Wisconsin, Montana, and Elsewhere

In addition to a delay, Wisconsin had to eliminate certain questions from its Smarter Balanced exam, after opting not to use the adaptive testing feature of the test.

March 12, 2015

Wine and Cheese: California, Wisconsin Consider Testing's Place in Accountability

As states roll out new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, they're also considering, or reconsidering, how to use them in accountability systems.

March 11, 2015

Wine and Cheese: California, Wisconsin Mull Testing's Place in Accountability

As states roll out new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, they're also considering, or reconsidering, how to use them in accountability systems.

February 09, 2015

Three States to Decline Use of Adaptive Feature in Common-Core Tests

The decision not to use adaptive testing by three states highlights the complexities associated with a feature of the Smarter Balanced assessment.

January 30, 2015

Wisconsin Budget to Include Rural School Funds

The budget proposal will include transportation aid to cash-strapped rural schools.

January 27, 2015

States' Efforts to Close Achievement Gap Examined in New Report

A recent report from the Education Commission of the States takes a look at how four states are innovatively or effectively tackling the various achievement gaps among students.

January 13, 2015

We Want to Give You a Choice of State Tests, Wis. Legislators Tell Districts

A Wisconsin bill backed by powerful state legislators would give schools a choice of certain state assessments. What are the complexities and consequences of that proposal?

January 09, 2015

It's That Time of Year: State Lawmakers Propose School Choice Bills

State lawmakers are revving up for their legislative sessions, and school choice-related bills are popping up, including a Wisconsin proposal to turn failing schools into charters.

January 05, 2015

Congressman Asks for Federal Review of Milwaukee's School Voucher Program

Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat, has asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to compare numerous outcomes between the voucher-receiving schools and local public schools.

December 12, 2014

Plan to Let Districts Opt Out of Common Core Floated by Wis. Lawmakers

The idea of the common core as a local option for districts isn't new.

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