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October 10, 2014

Common-Core Testing: Two States Seek Flexibility, Get Very Different Responses

Massachusetts faces no consequences from its decision to let districts choose which test to give next spring, but when Colorado explored the possibility of doing the same, the U.S. Department of Education gave it no opening.

October 10, 2014

Michigan Offers To Waive Online Testing Requirement for Some Schools

With the spring 2015 deadline for implementing online testing drawing near, some Michigan administrators are expressing last-minute concerns about the technological readiness of their schools.

October 09, 2014

Massachusetts Insists On Assessment Choice Despite Federal Wrist Slap

The Bay State will give districts the choice of using PARCC or MCAS this spring, even though the U.S. Department of Education said that doing so would violate federal law.

October 09, 2014

Common-Core Testing Group Announces Leadership Change

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's executive director steps down to become a technical advisor. The consortium's longtime chief operating officer becomes the new executive director.

October 06, 2014

To Improve Assessment, Invest in the Classroom

The most powerful learning gains come from assessments that teachers administer day to day, not from large-scale tests.

October 03, 2014

Report: Noncognitive Skills Should be Taught, Evaluated in Schools

State and federal policy should encourage the teaching of skills like self-regulation, planning, and the ability to collaborate with peers, the New America Foundation reports.

October 03, 2014

Common-Core Testing Market Dominated by Familiar Players

An Education Week review of federally funded, common-core testing contracts shows McGraw-Hill/CTB, Pearson, and ETS winning the biggest deals.

October 03, 2014

Assessing Deeper Learning, Part II

A new report argues for assessment systems that reflect knowledge about cognition and human development to replace the outmoded tests that dominate schools now.

October 02, 2014

Cheating Threat on Computerized Tests Not Covered in State Laws, Group Says

State laws have not kept pace with the growth of computerized testing, leaving unaddressed the potential for new types of cheating, according to a new report from ACT.

October 02, 2014

Why Are We Using Standardized Tests?

What should be included in a measure of school quality? If not by standardized test scores, how should we measure student achievement? Julian Vasquez Heilig and I each have some thoughts.

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