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February 10, 2015

The 2016 ESEA Proposed Budget Has a Vision of Teaching

Teachers and the work they do are paramount to student achievement especially in Title I schools. So it would makes sense for ESEA funding to address teaching. The 2016 proposed budget for ESEA does this and more. The focus on teachers is not just about working conditions (i.e. class sizes, curriculum, etc.) but also about training, attracting, and retaining teachers.

February 09, 2015

Science Teachers Asked to Help Field-Test Energy Assessment Items

A group that partnered in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards is now asking science teachers to help field-test multiple-choice items for an assessment on energy.

February 05, 2015

Final Testing Count: More Than Half of Students Will Take Non-Consortium Exams

More than half of U.S. students live in states that will not be administering tests by PARCC or Smarter Balanced this year.

February 04, 2015

A Map of States' 2015 Testing Plans: The Dust Has Finally Settled

Every state has now decided what summative test it's using for the 2014-15 year: Check EdWeek's authoritative map of all the states' testing plans.

February 04, 2015

It's a $1.7 Billion Testing Market (But It's a $600 Billion Ed. System)

Despite the claims of critics of testing, states' spending on assessment is a small fraction of overall K-12 budgets, a researcher concludes.

February 03, 2015

Critical Gaps Linger in States' Policies on Postsecondary Readiness, Says Report

States have made progress in upgrading assessments and standards, but they aren't necessarily well aligned to each other and to high school diplomas, the study finds.

February 02, 2015

Florida, Illinois Issue Warnings About Testing Opt-Outs

Pushed by growing resistance to tests, two states draw a line in the sand and warn against skipping state-mandated tests.

February 01, 2015

Do Students Need a Bill of Assessment Rights?

When it comes to assessment there are five areas that students are entitled to, and these are those five areas.

January 30, 2015

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, Lobby to Retain Annual Tests

Two national business organizations want annual tests kept in the rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act.

January 29, 2015

Fractal Patterns, Playing Jazz, and Other Variations on a Metacognitive Theme

To "measure what matters," first we must learn how the skills and dispositions that matter are developed. A network of states and partners are leading the way.

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