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December 16, 2014

ETS Recommends Changes For English-Language Proficiency Assessments

The report authors contend that most English-language proficiency assessments focus on students' knowledge about English rather than their ability to use the language effectively in school.

December 16, 2014

Maryland Teachers Union Calls for Suspension of Kindergarten Tests

A survey of kindergarten teachers showed unhappiness with the amount of time the test took away from instruction.

December 12, 2014

Technology to Bring an Assessment 'Renaissance,' Pearson Report Contends

Online testing environments, adaptive technologies, and new digital platforms hold the potential to transform K-12 assessment and further personalize learning, says a new Pearson report.

December 12, 2014

Most Alabama Students Fall Short on Common-Core Test

The first statewide results of ACT's Aspire test show most students below the marks that indicate they're on track for success in college.

December 11, 2014

Connecticut Moves To Downplay Tests in Accountability

Yet another state tries to hammer out a new way of judging schools that doesn't rely so heavily on test scores.

December 10, 2014

A Plan for Measuring Hard-to-Measure, 'Soft' Skills

Laura Hamilton and Brian Stecher of RAND call for research to develop better measures of competencies like academic tenacity and collaboration, essential skills that are seldom measured in schools.

December 09, 2014

Federal Legislation Would Help States Streamline Testing Systems

A new bill would allow states to use grant money to reevaluate their testing routines.

December 08, 2014

The Common Core Journey

Teachers transitioning to the Common Core are all driving on a road that's dark except for the final destination. We have the added burden of building and modifying the car as we drive it, because there is no one curriculum to follow.

December 05, 2014

ExxonMobil CEO Bemoans Texas' Stance on Common Core

Rex Tillerson, the CEO of the massive oil-and-gas producer Exxon-Mobil, blasted public officials from his corporation's home state for opposing the common core.

December 05, 2014

Hard Data, Soft Skills

Summit Public Schools is using new measures to determine whether students have developed "habits of success."

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