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March 27, 2015

N.J. Opt-Out Bill Gets Unanimous, Bipartisan Support in One Chamber

New Jersey school districts would be required to provide students who opt out of standardized testing an "educationally appropriate ungraded" activity under proposed legislature.

March 20, 2015

Opting Out? Look at the Tests First

A glance at performance tasks included on new tests show that they do a better job than previous tests of measuring higher-level competencies.

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.

March 04, 2015

Common Core and PARCC: What About the Children?

There are questions about the value of national standards, the appropriate nature of some of the standards in the earlier grades, and angst about the use of standardized testing to change teaching and learning and evaluate students and teachers.

March 02, 2015

Chicago Changes Course, Will Offer PARCC Districtwide This Year

The district faced more than $1 billion in federal and state cuts if it did not offer the test districtwide, and the state of Illinois threatened to pull its designation as a district.

February 24, 2015

Louisiana Chief White Proposes Somewhat Familiar Common-Core Compromise

Superintendent John White revives an idea about testing that he first proposed last summer, and says tweaks to the common core may not be out of order.

February 12, 2015

Mass. Report: PARCC is Right Common-Core Test for Schools ... With Caveats

Do the two state assessments being used in the Bay State accurately measure "college- and career-readiness" of students that so many states now say is their top priority?

February 11, 2015

Testing Meltdown in Indiana as Officials Squabble Over 12-Hour ISTEP+

Gov. Mike Pence, Superintendent Glenda Ritz, and others are seeking emergency changes to the state test after an outcry that it would take students too long to complete.

February 08, 2015

Curmudgucation Digest (February 8)

This week, more rumblings about ESEA, more sales pitching for testing, and more dwindling effectiveness for a $12 million wonder.

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."

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