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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.

February 09, 2015

Common-Core Reports Tell Utah Gov. Herbert: State Retains Control Over K-12

The two reports indicate that overall, Utah retains control over its K-12 policy and schools retain control over curriculum under the common core.

February 05, 2015

La. Gov. Bobby Jindal Slams Pro-Common-Core 'Elites' Who Insult Parents

In his speech to a conservative group in Washington, the Louisiana Republican said, "I have more confidence in the moms in this room than any collection of bureaucrats."

February 04, 2015

California Seeks NCLB Waiver From Feds Over Use of Test Scores

Nearly one year after winning a controversial NCLB "double-testing" waiver, California is once again seeking significant exemptions from provisions of the federal education law.

February 04, 2015

Testing Plans Set for All 50 States: Check Out the Final Map

After a good deal of uncertainty regarding states' testing plans, we've now got a complete picture of who's doing what for 2014-15 testing.

February 04, 2015

Fla. Bill Would Cap Testing, Cut Test Scores' Weight in Evaluations

Florida Sen. John Legg is seeking to reduce standardized testing in Florida and give districts more options for local assessments and how they're used in teacher evaluations.

February 03, 2015

Critical Gaps Linger in States' Policies on Postsecondary Readiness, Says Report

States have made progress in upgrading assessments and standards, but they aren't necessarily well aligned to each other and to high school diplomas, the study finds.

January 30, 2015

Gov. Jindal Urges State Board to Adopt Alternatives to PARCC

Jindal's Jan. 30 executive order is the latest step in the ongoing battle the Louisiana governor has waged against the standards and tests.

January 30, 2015

New Report Aims to Help States Better Identify English-Language Learners

Some school districts participating in the 2014 discussion session about the topic estimated that up to 5 percent of their students are misclassified.

January 30, 2015

To Keep Washington Out of K-12 Policy, Tenn. Lawmakers Turn to...Washington

The resolution says the federal government is acting like a national school board and asks the GOP-controlled Congress to return K-12 authority to the states.

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