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April 20, 2015

American Institutes for Research Apologizes for Latest Testing Woes in Fla.

Students in several counties on Monday ran into problems trying to log in to the state's online testing system, leading to testing delays.

April 20, 2015

Florida Online Testing Disrupted Again, Vendor Apologizes

The American Institutes for Research, which was awarded a $220 million contract to oversee the assessments, accepted responsibility for the latest problems.

April 16, 2015

PARCC Working to Shorten Its Tests

PARCC officials tell Ohio lawmakers that they're working on a redesign that would combine its two testing windows into one and make the test shorter.

April 15, 2015

Smarter Balanced Tests Made Optional in Montana After Glitches

Montana's state superintendent says statewide assessments will be made optional, following problems on a test administered by the vendor Measured Progress.

April 15, 2015

Path to Personalization: Better Models and Better Tests

Gene Wilhoit, Linda Pittenger and Carmen Coleman, recently led a discussion about the ways that technology is improving formative assessment and the opportunity that it creates to rethink big year-end tests. The group identified five of next steps on the path forward that includes learner profiles, new solutions, and linking formative data to standards. Overall, new developments will mean a gradual reduction in the size of and reliance in heavyweight summative assessment to smaller, less frequent tests that check the validity of local assessments.

April 15, 2015

Schools Can't Improve Without Support for Low-Income Students

Can we increase student achievement without addressing high concentrations of poverty? Teacher Cristina Duncan Evans explains why we can't.

April 15, 2015

Universities in Six States Agree to Smarter Balanced Definition of 'College Ready'

Nearly 200 colleges and universities agree to let students skip remedial courses if they score at the "college ready" level on the Smarter Balanced assessment.

April 10, 2015

Pearson Calls Award of Big Calif. Testing Contract to ETS 'Invalid' and 'Illegal'

Pearson is asking California officials to re-bid a testing contract, potentially worth a quarter of billion dollars, calling the decision to award the deal to ETS illegal, arbitrary and capricious.

April 09, 2015

The System Dynamics of Raising K-12 Standards

A systems-thinking approach helps explain the relationships among performance, proficiency , and standards--and how raising standards can mean lower proficiency rates but higher levels of performance.

April 09, 2015

Will New Teacher Evaluation Requirements and Increased Focus on Standardized Testing Have Any Positive Results?

How can we assess teachers as doing a good job or not, if the system in which they are working does not allow for designing the learning opportunities required to prepare their students?

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