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March 07, 2014

Massachusetts City Defies State, Lets Students Opt Out of PARCC Test

Two cities in Massachusetts have now ignored the warnings of the state education department and allowed their parents to let their children skip the PARCC field tests.

March 07, 2014

Accountability and Motivation

Continuing his blog series on accountability, Marc Tucker examines the premises that underlie different approaches to accountability system design.

March 05, 2014

New Guidelines Offered for Helping Schools Create Reliable Internet Networks

An association of school technology leaders is offering guidance for how K-12 leaders can design and implement technology to improve the reliability of their connections and improve student achievement.

March 04, 2014

Montgomery County Superintendent to Parents: Upcoming State Tests Useless

Joshua Starr, the schools chief in the 151,000-student district in suburban Washington, tells parents that the upcoming state tests are not in the best interest of students or schools.

March 04, 2014

Chicago Test Boycott Expands, Gets Support of National Union

A boycott of Illinois state tests grows, despite a warning from the state board of education that parents do not have the right to "opt their children out" of testing.

March 03, 2014

ELL Group Struggles to Find Test-Takers in Busy Field Testing Season

A group of 35 states that are jointly developing new English-language proficiency assessments are having a tough time finding schools willing to try out the field tests this spring.

March 03, 2014

Opting Out of Testing: A Rising Tide for States and Districts?

Under community pressure, more states and districts are having to contend with the demand for students to "opt out" of testing.

February 27, 2014

The Failure of Test-Based Accountability

In an ongoing series of posts about accountability, Marc Tucker discusses the damaging effects that test-based accountability has had on the profession of teaching.

February 26, 2014

Teachers at Chicago School Plan Boycott of State Test

Teachers at an elementary school in Chicago have made the bold move of announcing that they will refuse to administer state-mandated standardized tests that are scheduled to start next week.

February 26, 2014

'Early Implementers' of Common Core Grapple With Aligning Tests, Curriculum

Four districts that took an early and aggressive approach to implementation illustrate the difficulty of finding good instructional materials aligned to the new standards and supplying quality professional development.

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