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October 17, 2014

The Power of Exhibitions: Why You Need Both Sizzle and Steak

In this post, High Tech High Chula Vista teacher Alec Patton takes us inside the world of exhibitions, telling us why they have power, why students aren't always as motivated by them as you might think, and how at their best they bring together "sizzle" and "steak".

October 16, 2014

Washington State Voids Test Scores at Seattle School Due to High Erasure Rates

State officials stopped short of saying that cheating occurred at the elementary school, but noted that "significant" changes—including a high number of erasures from incorrect to correct answers—signaled that testing protocols were not followed.

October 16, 2014

State and District Tests Frequent, But Take Little Instructional Time, Study Says

The Center for American Progress released a report looking at how much time students spend taking state- and district-required tests.

October 15, 2014

Kindergarten-Readiness Tests: Navigating a Tricky Terrain

Pennsylvania's new kindergarten-entrance assessment is hobbled by insufficient training for teachers and weak outreach to educators and parents, a new report contends.

October 14, 2014

Fewer Tests: Momentum Building, But for Different Solutions

Anti-testing sentiment moves into the Washington policy world, but "solving" the testing problem means different things to different people.

October 11, 2014

Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium Looking for New Math Director

Shelbi Cole, who has served as the director of mathematics for Smarter Balanced since 2012, has been promoted to director of content for the organization.

October 10, 2014

Testing Company DRC Protests Award of Contract in South Carolina

The Data Recognition Corporation is protesting a South Carolina award to the ACT company to conduct grade 3-11 tests, a contract potentially worth $58 million.

October 10, 2014

Common-Core Testing: Two States Seek Flexibility, Get Very Different Responses

Massachusetts faces no consequences from its decision to let districts choose which test to give next spring, but when Colorado explored the possibility of doing the same, the U.S. Department of Education gave it no opening.

October 10, 2014

Michigan Offers To Waive Online Testing Requirement for Some Schools

With the spring 2015 deadline for implementing online testing drawing near, some Michigan administrators are expressing last-minute concerns about the technological readiness of their schools.

October 09, 2014

Massachusetts Insists On Assessment Choice Despite Federal Wrist Slap

The Bay State will give districts the choice of using PARCC or MCAS this spring, even though the U.S. Department of Education said that doing so would violate federal law.

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