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September 12, 2014

PARCC Makes Speaking-and-Listening Test Optional

With concerns about testing time high on its radar, PARCC decides it needs more time to figure out how to standardize a portion of the test that is embedded in daily classroom instruction.

September 08, 2014

Florida School Boards Association Takes On Testing Issue

Motions to demand a halt to standardized testing and an opt-out policy for parents were passed to a legislative committee for possible presentation to state lawmakers.

September 08, 2014

Student-Centered Practices for Underserved Youth

Examples from high-performing schools show that student-centerd practices are effective for all students, particularly those who have been underserved.

September 07, 2014

The Accountability Timeline: Putting Students First

The standards are new. The evaluation systems are new. Everyone has to learn something. Now even those who put them in place in the first place are rethinking the accountability timeline.

September 04, 2014

California Higher Education Systems Pledge Common-Core Support

All four segments of California's higher education system are working to align admissions and teacher-preparation programs to reflect the common core.

September 02, 2014

Florida District Reverses Decision to Opt Out of State Testing

Last week the Lee County school district in Florida became the first in the country to opt out of all state testing. One member of the board changed her mind, and that was all it took for a vote to rescind.

August 29, 2014

Consequences Uncertain for First District to Opt Out of State-Required Tests

The state department of education has said nothing about what might happen to Lee County in the wake of its decision to boycott state-required tests.

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?

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