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March 07, 2014

Texas Spoke Too Soon: U.S. Ed. Still Working With State on Waiver

Contrary to what Texas announced yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education has not denied its request for a waiver to help it avoid testing Algebra 1 students twice.

March 07, 2014

California Wins Prized Double-Testing Waiver from U.S. Ed. Dept., Sources Say

The Golden State had been in a standoff with the federal education department over its plan to dump most of its current tests in order to give all students the Smarter Balanced field test.

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.

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