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May 22, 2014

Oklahoma's Test-Based Retention Policy for 3rd Graders Scuttled by Lawmakers

The Republican-controlled legislature voted to override a veto by Gov. Fallin, putting an end to the state's policy for retaining 3rd graders who fail a state reading test.

May 16, 2014

Formative Classroom Assessment and Assessment For Accountability: Finding a Balance

In this final blog, Madhabi Chatterji of Teachers College, Columbia University responds to three queries with some closing thoughts and takeaways on the "Assessing the Assessments" blog.

May 13, 2014

Pa. Auditor General Pushes for Tougher Charter School Oversight

Among other proposals, the state auditor is calling for the creation of an independent, statewide board to oversee charters.

May 12, 2014

Weakening the State Education Agency: A Manual

A look at a recent report from the Fordham Institute which advocates weakening state education agencies. Marc Tucker explains that to the contrary, a better education system in the United States will come through stronger, better equipped state education agencies, not weaker ones.

May 08, 2014

Analysis of NCLB Could Be Crystal Ball for Common Core

Based on an analysis of the early years of NCLB, researchers suggest that, when standards increase, as they are expected to with common-core reforms, inequality between higher and lower-achieving students may also increase.

May 02, 2014

California Districts Request Extension for Special NCLB Waiver

Seven of the original eight districts participating in the waiver are seeking an extension and asking for more time to implement their teacher-evaluation systems.

April 30, 2014

Two States Making Moves to Delay Accountability in Common-Core Era

Florida and Louisiana are at different stages of reconsidering their school accountability systems as they transition to new standards and tests.

April 30, 2014

Are Fourth Graders Who Don't Test Like Seventh Graders Really Failures?

James Harvey of the National Superintendents Roundtable wraps up this month-long conversation between measurement experts and educators on the front line by answering some questions about unresolved issues. Read his final thoughts and "takeaways" from Assessing the Assessments.

April 28, 2014

The Federal Role in State Education Accountability Systems

How to balance the federal government's interest in making sure that federal education funds are well spent with the states' interest in retaining their constitutional right to enact their own education policies.

April 25, 2014

Do Standardized Tests Measure What We Value?

Are standardized test scores too narrow? Are they objective? Do they measure what we value?

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