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May 05, 2015

Students Snap Pictures of PARCC Test, Teachers Disciplined

A few incidents of lax oversight have resulted in warnings or disciplinary steps.

May 01, 2015

Many High School Students Rely on Their Own Tech Devices at School, Survey Says

Results of a new, nationwide survey show that nearly 60 percent of high schoolers are using their own mobile devices in school.

April 30, 2015

Massachusetts Begins Process of Deciding Between PARCC and MCAS

The first public hearing on the choice of PARCC versus MCAS had its share of praise and criticism for the new online test.

April 29, 2015

3 Reflective Activities to Align Assessment

Not all assessments may be formalized, but each teacher has routines, habits, and techniques that provide a shape or structure to his or her assessment system. How can we make them better?

April 28, 2015

Connect Learning to Life, NOT Tests

It's time to fight the testing culture and consider the bigger picture. How can educators better align learning for life and not for testing? As we make pedagogical decisions daily, teachers need to weigh the importance of learning vs cramming for a test that isn't going to impact a child's overall level of mastery.

April 27, 2015

Florida's Biggest District Cuts Nearly All End-of-Course Exams

Miami-Dade drops 290 of 300 end-of-course exams that had been a state requirement, and Texas inches closer to rolling back graduation tests.

April 24, 2015

Test Vendor Points to AIR Slow Delivery as Key Factor in Nevada's Testing Woes

Recent problems in Nevada's administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium common-core tests were attributed to late delivery of open-source code.

April 24, 2015

Designing Assessments for Competency-Based Learning

A new report explores the thorny questions involved in gauging student learning in a competency-based learning system.

April 23, 2015

New York Exam Leaked, Opt-Outs Mount

Until now, the main strategy for opt-out activists has been simply sitting out the test. Now it includes posting portions of the exam online.

April 22, 2015

Nev. Cites 'Breach of Contract' by Vendor, Smarter Balanced Amid Testing Woes

State superintendent Dale Erquiaga said Nevada's test providers "have failed to uphold their obligations."

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