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June 05, 2014

ELLs Test-Drive New English-Language Proficiency Assessments

English-language learners in states belonging to the WIDA consortium have been field-testing new, common-core aligned English-language proficiency assessments in speaking, reading, and writing this spring.

June 03, 2014

Pearson, N.M. Officials Given Deadline in Common-Core Testing Protest

New Mexico officials have set a June 18 deadline to receive arguments in a protest filed by the American Institutes for Research over a major contract for common-core testing.

May 30, 2014

Arizona Withdraws From PARCC to Avoid Bias in Procuring New Tests

The state will issue a request for proposals for new tests, and wants to create a level playing field in considering all bidders.

May 30, 2014

Common-Core Test Experts Explain ELL and Special Education Supports

Foremost experts on common-core testing supports for English-learners and students with disabilities answered a range of readers' questions.

May 29, 2014

State Policy Critical to Deeper Learning

States must shed the stratified and outmoded education system in order to enable all students to develop the competencies they need to succeed.

May 28, 2014

Award of PARCC Contract to Pearson Can Be Reviewed, Judge Rules

The ruling by a New Mexico judge halts work on the testing contract until the state purchasing department considers a challenge filed by the American Institutes for Research.

May 28, 2014

N.M. Court Orders Halt on Common-Core Testing Contract Until Appeal Is Heard

A state judge in has blocked the award of a major PARCC contract to Pearson until an appeal by a rival testing contractor can be heard.

May 27, 2014

What Does an Effective Principal Do?

What does an effective principal do? We both agree that instructional leadership is a part of the equation.

May 23, 2014

Fragmentation of Testing: Back to the Future?

Will states' decisions on testing result in better tests? Maybe not, research suggests.

May 21, 2014

Florida Could Shift Alliances for English-Language-Proficiency Standards, Tests

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart is recommending that Florida join a 35-state consortium known as World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment.

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