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July 14, 2015

After Testing Problems, Nevada Set to Hire New Assessment Vendor

The state of Nevada, plagued by online testing woes earlier this year, is poised to award its next contract to oversee a suite of state assessments in a $51 million deal.

July 09, 2015

Smarter Balanced Opt-Out Rates Top 25 Percent for Washington State 11th Graders

Officially, 27.4 percent of eligible students were "confirmed refusals" for taking the Smarter Balanced English/language arts exam, and 28.1 percent of them were confirmed refusals for the math exam.

July 06, 2015

Are Concerns About Common-Core High School Math Standards Proving True?

Smarter Balanced test scores released by three states show that students are largely beating states' projections for student performance—except for on the high school math tests. Did experts warn us this was coming?

July 06, 2015

Are Test Scores Proving Fears About Common-Core High School Math Correct?

In three states that released preliminary common-core test scores in July, high school students failed to meet predictions for math proficiency. Did experts warn us this was coming?

July 02, 2015

Idaho Smarter Balanced Test Scores Largely Beat State's Projections

The state released proficiency rates on the English/language arts and math exams for grades 3-8 and 11, as well as what the state had projected would be the results.

June 29, 2015

How Can Teachers Learn Deeply? By Scoring Student Assessments

Engaging teachers in scoring assessments helps deepen their understanding of student standards and student learning.

June 23, 2015

After Oregon Gov. Brown Signs Opt-Out Bill, Is the State's Title I Aid in Jeopardy?

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill requiring districts to notify parents of their right to opt their children out of standardized exams.

June 22, 2015

Maine Leaves Common-Core Test Consortium

The legislation means that Maine will have to search for a new English/language arts and math assessment for the 2015-16 school year.

June 19, 2015

Measuring the Impact of Common-Core Test Disruptions in Three States

A Smarter Balanced testing vendor has released completion rates in three states that had serious challenges giving the common-core aligned exam.

June 10, 2015

Red Light, Green Light: How Integrated Are States' College-Readiness Policies?

Do high schools' course requirements match up with minimum admissions standards in states' higher education systems? And do all states even have definitions of "college ready"?

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