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August 07, 2014

Iowa Announces Withdrawal From Smarter Balanced Testing Group

The governor and state schools chief cite their desire for an assessment that's "the right fit for Iowa."

August 04, 2014

4th Graders Struggle With Icons, Directions on Computer-Based Tests

Fourth graders struggled with some of the most basic functions on a computer-based writing assessment, according to a recent federal study.

August 04, 2014

Smarter Balanced Invites Public to Help Set Test Cutoff Scores

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is using a crowd-sourcing element in its work to set the achievement cut scores on its tests.

July 31, 2014

AIR Appeals Pearson's Common-Core Testing Contract in N.M. Court

The American Institutes for Research is seeking to break up a potentially big Common Core testing contract that it says was improperly bundled and skewed to favor Pearson.

July 30, 2014

Federal Study Examines Computer-Based Writing for 4th Graders

A federal pilot study found that fourth graders are capable of using a computer to write well enough to be assessed, but did not determine if computer-based tests can effectively measure their abilities.

July 27, 2014

Entering Next Year Prepared to Ignite the Hearts and Minds of Our Teachers

As much as we must attend to the standards and assessments, it is important to attend to the human beings. We need a balance, and as the next school year approaches, it is a good time to think freshly about igniting the minds and hearts of teachers again so they can do the same for their students.

July 22, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: ACT and Festo Didactic Deals Highlight Competitive Nature of Ed-Tech Industry

A recent acquisition by ACT and a merger of two global companies reinforce just how competitive the ed-tech market has become.

July 22, 2014

Leaders of Their Own Learning: Does It Get Better Than This?

By engaging students in developing their own rubric to evaluate their work, a classroom accelerates learning.

July 21, 2014

U.S. Ranks Low for Innovation in Education

The U.S. ranked near the bottom in an exhaustive international comparison of educational innovation, but received high grades for use of assessments and parent engagement.

July 21, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: OpenEd Raises $2M to Build More Free Education Apps

OpenEd, a free catalog of more than a million Web-based resources for the common core, raised $2 million in its first round of venture-capital funding.

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