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September 22, 2014

Colorado Teacher Refuses to Give Common-Core Tests

The elementary school literacy coach objects to the "onslaught" of common-core curricula and the increasing load of test preparation.

September 19, 2014

New Federal Legislation Introduced to Reduce Mandated Tests

The latest piece of legislation that aims to cut back on testing would allow students in grades 3-8 to take only one test per year: English/language arts or mathematics.

September 19, 2014

A Deeper Learning Rubric as a Tool for Equity

A way of assessing progress toward deeper learning can help ensure that all students have opportunities for high-quality learning environments, says Kathleen Cushman.

September 18, 2014

Finding a Common Language

Agreeing on what deeper learning looks like and how to assess progress toward it is an essential step in making it happen for students, says Kathleen Cushman.

September 17, 2014

More Virginia Schools Fall Short of State Accreditation Under Rigorous Tests

This is the second straight year in which the number of schools failing to receive accreditation increased, a slide that began after the state enacted tougher assessments.

September 16, 2014

Florida Halts State Reading Tests for Grades K-2

Technological problems were cited as the reason for dropping the diagnostic tests for the state's youngest children.

September 16, 2014

New York May Ease Test Requirements for Graduation

The state Board of Regents considers letting students swap one of the social studies exams for a test in career-technical education or the arts.

September 12, 2014

PARCC Makes Speaking-and-Listening Test Optional

With concerns about testing time high on its radar, PARCC decides it needs more time to figure out how to standardize a portion of the test that is embedded in daily classroom instruction.

September 08, 2014

Florida School Boards Association Takes On Testing Issue

Motions to demand a halt to standardized testing and an opt-out policy for parents were passed to a legislative committee for possible presentation to state lawmakers.

September 08, 2014

Student-Centered Practices for Underserved Youth

Examples from high-performing schools show that student-centerd practices are effective for all students, particularly those who have been underserved.

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