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April 09, 2015

The System Dynamics of Raising K-12 Standards

A systems-thinking approach helps explain the relationships among performance, proficiency , and standards--and how raising standards can mean lower proficiency rates but higher levels of performance.

April 09, 2015

Will New Teacher Evaluation Requirements and Increased Focus on Standardized Testing Have Any Positive Results?

How can we assess teachers as doing a good job or not, if the system in which they are working does not allow for designing the learning opportunities required to prepare their students?

April 08, 2015

The Atlanta Cheating Scandal and Motivation Theory

I know educators around the country empathize with Atlanta (we understood what drove them) but I hope we have learned from Atlanta as well. Tying pay raises and job evaluations to one yearly, standardized test makes no sense at all. We don't give our students an A or an F because of one test. Why is it okay to do this to teachers and schools?

April 08, 2015

Louisville District Seeks State Waiver for English-Learner Accountability

Under the waiver, ELLs would take state tests but their scores would not count toward their school's overall performance until the students were proficient in English.

April 08, 2015

NCLB Rewrite Expands Definition of 'Core Subjects,' Sparks Testing Outcry

The Senate draft adds writing, computer science, technology, music, and physical education to the list of "core academic subjects."

April 08, 2015

After Violation, S.C.'s $58M Testing Contract Must Be Re-Bid After First Year

South Carolina officials violated various pieces of state procurement law in awarding a $58 million contracts to the ACT Inc., a top procurement panel has ruled.

April 07, 2015

ESEA Draft Keeps Annual Testing Schedule

The bipartisan draft of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would also require states to have challenging academic standards, and authorize a comprehensive state literacy program.

April 07, 2015

Ohio Seeks Alternative Tests for High-Performing Schools

Ohio joins a small but growing number of states that are seeking or considering federal permission to excuse some schools or districts from state-mandated tests.

April 06, 2015

Ed Reform and Innovation: The End of the Big Test Is in Sight

What does innovative learning and EdReform have in common? Equity. We explore the recent history of assessment (the intended and unintended consequences), the role that equity plays, the need to synthesize EdReform aims, and the opportunity of innovation.

April 02, 2015

Common-Core Consortium Tests: It's Been a Long Five Years

It would be an understatement to say that it's been an eventful five years since the feds offered $350 million grants to states to design tests for the common core.

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