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April 30, 2014

The Common Core Standards' Role in Standardized Testing

Increasingly, testing opponents are casting the Common Core State Standards as the cause of the standardized testing burden in public schools. But that claim is inaccurate.

April 30, 2014

Are Fourth Graders Who Don't Test Like Seventh Graders Really Failures?

James Harvey of the National Superintendents Roundtable wraps up this month-long conversation between measurement experts and educators on the front line by answering some questions about unresolved issues. Read his final thoughts and "takeaways" from Assessing the Assessments.

April 28, 2014

Smarter Balanced Membership Dips to 22

South Carolina withdraws from the common-core assessment consortium even though its state board of education favors staying in the group.

April 28, 2014

The Federal Role in State Education Accountability Systems

How to balance the federal government's interest in making sure that federal education funds are well spent with the states' interest in retaining their constitutional right to enact their own education policies.

April 25, 2014

Do Standardized Tests Measure What We Value?

Are standardized test scores too narrow? Are they objective? Do they measure what we value?

April 24, 2014

Test Supports for ELLs: Differences Between PARCC and Smarter Balanced

PARCC and Smarter Balanced offer very different testing supports for English-language learners on their common-core aligned assessments.

April 24, 2014

NAEP Uses Video-Game Design for New Technology and Engineering Test

At the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference this week, representatives for NAEP detailed the group's most recent assessment, which aims to measure how well students apply technology and engineering skills to real-life situations.

April 22, 2014

Teachers Give Today's Digital Tools Mixed Grades, National Survey Shows

Only about half of the nation's teachers regard the digital tools their students use frequently as effective, according to a new nationwide survey of educators.

April 21, 2014

Brand Names in Common-Core Tests Anger New York Parents

Nike, Barbie, and iPod all make appearances on the English/language arts tests that children are taking this spring.

April 21, 2014

Debating the Merits of Standardized Testing

We agree that assessment is most useful when it can inform instructional practice. Beyond that, however, we have lots of disagreements.

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