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February 24, 2014

Language Supports for English-Learners Ready for Smarter Balanced Field Tests

Teachers, students, and parents can practice using the language-support features such as native-language glossaries in advance of the upcoming field tests.

February 21, 2014

Mississippi Considers Requiring Minimum ACT Score for Graduation

Mississippi is considering using the ACT college test as the high school exit exam for students in public schools, reports the Associated Press—something no other state has done.

February 21, 2014

Idaho's Double-Testing Waiver: A Precedent for California?

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing Idaho to give only common-core-aligned field tests to students this spring, which means no achievement data will be produced for parents, educators, and the public.

February 21, 2014

NCLB, California and Accountability in All Its Guises

Marc Tucker explains that there is no evidence that test-based accountability, for schools or for teachers, actually improves student achievement.

February 20, 2014

Groups Give Eight Tips for Schools Preparing to Administer Online Exams

Three organizations collaborated to create a checklist to help districts prepare for the advent of administering online tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

February 20, 2014

Analysis Finds NCLB Waivers Too Often Maintain Flawed Accountability Practices

A new analysis finds that NCLB flexibility waivers too often continue flawed accountability practices of the original law rather than considering non-test-based indicators, student growth, student demographics or results from subjects other than reading and math.

February 19, 2014

Groups Issue Recommendations to Prepare for Online Exams

Planning, investments, and training will be key to successfully administering online Common Core exams, a new report says.

February 17, 2014

What Can We Learn From the Navy's Train to Qualification System?

To learn more about professional development in the military, we called Mike Mosley, head of Learning Standards Branch in the Naval Education and Training Command.

February 15, 2014

Seven More States Win Double-Testing Waivers

The Friday decisions by the department of education bring to 11 the number of states that can avoid "double testing" their students with field tests and their regular state tests, but a decision on California is still outstanding.

February 14, 2014

Study Examines Cost Savings Through 'Machine Scoring' of Tests

A new study examines the cost savings available through scoring essay test items through automated machines, rather than by people.

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