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April 24, 2014

Test Supports for ELLs: Differences Between PARCC and Smarter Balanced

PARCC and Smarter Balanced offer very different testing supports for English-language learners on their common-core aligned assessments.

April 24, 2014

NAEP Uses Video-Game Design for New Technology and Engineering Test

At the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference this week, representatives for NAEP detailed the group's most recent assessment, which aims to measure how well students apply technology and engineering skills to real-life situations.

April 22, 2014

Teachers Give Today's Digital Tools Mixed Grades, National Survey Shows

Only about half of the nation's teachers regard the digital tools their students use frequently as effective, according to a new nationwide survey of educators.

April 21, 2014

Brand Names in Common-Core Tests Anger New York Parents

Nike, Barbie, and iPod all make appearances on the English/language arts tests that children are taking this spring.

April 21, 2014

Debating the Merits of Standardized Testing

We agree that assessment is most useful when it can inform instructional practice. Beyond that, however, we have lots of disagreements.

April 18, 2014

Former Kaplan CEO Making Big Moves in Education Market

Weld North, an investment company led by former Kaplan CEO Jonathan Grayer, recently announced two major acquisitions of ed-tech companies, Imagine Learning and Truenorthlogic.

April 10, 2014

A Breakdown of Mergers, Acquisitions in the Education Market

The vast majority of education mergers and acquisitions over the past two years were "strategic" transactions, as judged by transaction volume, research shows.

April 10, 2014

Tenn. Teachers' Union Credits Motivational Video, Not Policy Efforts, for NAEP Gains

The Tennessee Education Association is pushing the idea that the states' NAEP gains could be explained in part by a motivational video shown before the test.

April 10, 2014

Use of Tablets, Online Testing on Rise, but Gender Gaps Persist in 'STEM' Fields

Twenty-five percent of high school students in school wide Title 1 programs said they had a school-provided tablet, while 13 percent of non-Title 1 students had that type of device, according to a Project Tomorrow survey.

April 09, 2014

Stephen Colbert Takes on Common-Core Tests

The comedian mocked the possibly confusing terminology used on assessments aligned to the common standards.

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