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October 21, 2013

Using Fair Comparisons to Stimulate School Improvement in Australia

Barry McGaw discusses the implementation of a national curriculum, customized student testing, and an online school assessment tool designed to stimulate system-wide improvement in Australia.

October 20, 2013

Accountability and Assessment Systems

Helen Janc Malone introduces this week's blog theme, "accountability and assessment systems." She writes that at the heart of the current accountability debate is a fundamental question, What is the purpose of all the collected assessment data? Are they an end game or a starting point to educational change? And, should the focus be on external accountability or, should we refocus attention on professional responsibility and internal accountability? How do we have both?

October 18, 2013

Ravitch: Private Sector Should Provide Help, Not Competition for Public Schools

Education historian Diane Ravitch speaks about her latest book, Reign of Error, which offers a far-reaching critique of private involvement in public education.

October 14, 2013

UPDATED: Advocates Call on Ed-Tech Industry to Protect Children's Data

Common Sense Media, an advocacy group that rates education products, is urging major industry group to take stronger steps to protect student data, the New York Times reports.

October 11, 2013

Tutorial Networks in Mexican Public Schools

Gabriel Cámara discusses the power of tutorial networks in changing instructional practice and shaping national elementary and middle-grades education policy in Mexico.

October 10, 2013

Testing and ESEA Reauthorization: The Moment of Truth

Marc Tucker argues that the next version of ESEA should require tests that actually measure higher order thinking skills and, at the same time, require accountability testing no more than three times in a student's career.

October 09, 2013

Corporate Leaders Envision System for Reviewing Common-Core Materials

The Business Roundtable is calling for the creation of a panel for judging academic materials' alignment to the common-core standards, a potentially tricky task.

October 07, 2013

Vendors to Compete for Common-Core 'Speaking and Listening' Tests

One of the two major consortia developing commmon-core tests is inviting companies to compete to develop speaking and listening assessments, valued at $1.5 million.

October 04, 2013

Analysts See a Bountiful Market for K-12 Testing Companies

The march toward common-core tests, the rise of formative assessment, and new models of testing have produced a surge in the testing industry, analysts say.

October 03, 2013

Blueprint Outlines How Digital Tools Can Improve Schools

A professional association of district technology leaders is offering advice to school officials on how they can transform schools using digital tools.

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