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January 15, 2015

Indiana Considers Moving 3rd Grade Reading Test to 2nd Grade

A state senator proposes moving the 3rd grade reading test to 2nd grade to spread out the testing burden and allow 3rd graders more time for remediation.

January 15, 2015

Gene Wilhoit: Quality Curriculum is Key to Common Core Implementation

Gene Wilhoit, the former Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers who led the effort to create the Common Core, explains that until we have a more powerful curriculum design and more deep professional exchange about content, pedagogy, and student work going on in our schools the Common Core will not be implemented as it should be.

January 15, 2015

Wise & Woeful School Choice Plans

Nathan: School choice is a powerful tool that needs to be used carefully. I think you and I agree on this.

January 14, 2015

The Drumbeat of Kindergarten Assessment Results

The growing popularity of kindergarten-readiness tests risks sending messages that children are "lacking" even before they start school, early-childhood experts say.

January 12, 2015

What If Tests Were Only Used for Guidance, Not Consequences?

As opposition to testing rises nationally, the NAEP offers a sharp contrast: it provides insight into K-12 education without imposing consequences on anyone.

January 12, 2015

Arne Duncan to Push Annual Tests, More Resources, Early Ed. in NCLB Rewrite

The education secretary won't back away from policies the Obama administration has embraced from the get-go, a senior administration official has signaled.

January 09, 2015

Pearson, Minnesota Dept. of Ed. Confront Testing Malfunctions

During recent practice tests, students across Minnesota were unable to access Pearson's online testing portal due to an incompatibility with Apple's Safari browser.

January 09, 2015

Pearson, Minnesota Dept. of Ed. Sort Through Testing Breakdowns

During recent practice tests, students across Minnesota were unable to access Pearson's online testing portal due to an incompatibility with Apple's Safari browser.

January 09, 2015

Colorado State Board Votes to Let Districts Opt Out of PARCC

In a move that might prove to be illegal, the Colorado Board of Education voted yesterday to let school districts opt out of giving the first phase of the PARCC assessment.

January 09, 2015

State Chiefs Urge Congress to Keep Annual Tests in No Child Left Behind Rewrite

The Council of Chief State School Officers urges Congress to pass a bipartisan revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would keep the NCLB testing schedule intact.

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