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August 28, 2014

Florida District May Be the First in the Country to Forgo State Testing

After an emotional, three-hour hearing, the Lee County school district becomes the first to refuse to participate in state-mandated testing.

August 27, 2014

School Districts Praise Ed. Secretary for Recognizing Over-Reliance on Testing

The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium, which represents 16 districts across the country, applauded Education Secretary Arne Duncan's recent statement that there is too much focus on standardized testing in the nation's schools.

August 27, 2014

The Three Dimensions of Student Achievement

Young people will be judged by the quality of their work and their character. So why don't schools focus on those dimensions?

August 26, 2014

Kentucky Denied Flexibility on Science Testing by Federal Officials

The Kentucky education commissioner blasted the U.S. Department of Education in a recent blog post for rejecting his state's request for a one-year waiver on science assessments.

August 26, 2014

Vermont Board of Education Blasts Misuse of Standardized Tests

In a new set of guiding principles for assessment, the Vermont board calls on Congress to change the No Child Left Behind Act and embrace 'judicious' approaches to testing.

August 26, 2014

L.A. Schools Chief Halts Apple, Pearson Tech Contract Amid Questions

John Deasy has ordered the rebidding of a massive technology contract awarded to Apple and Pearson, following questions of favoritism in the bidding process.

August 26, 2014

L.A. Schools Chief Halts Massive iPad Contract Amid Questions

Schools Superintendent John Deasy said the district will launch a new bidding process and "no longer utilize our current contract" with Apple.

August 25, 2014

Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment

The PARCC consortium drops some items from its literacy test, saying that it could still test the standards sufficiently with fewer items.

August 21, 2014

U.S. Ed. Sec. Duncan: Too Much Testing Costs Teachers and Students 'Precious Time'

U.S. Education Secretary identifies bad tests, and too much testing, as key problems, but doesn't provide details yet on what the department might do about them.

August 21, 2014

Computerized Essay-Scoring Helpful for Student Feedback?

Computerized essay-scoring may actually be more effective in changing student behavior than human scoring, Annie Murphy Paul wrote recently in the Hechinger Report.

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