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March 17, 2014

Response to 'Validity, Test Use, and Consequences: Pre-empting a Persistent Problem'

Today test-makers, public officials, and business and foundation leaders, not educators, dominate that discourse. A better balance is badly needed; front-line educators must be brought into the discussion.

March 14, 2014

Communicate Better About Standards and Tests, Duncan Urges State Boards

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan challenged state policymakers to better communicate about transitions to new standards and tests, and to move faster toward digital classroom materials.

March 14, 2014

Smarter Balanced Group Delays Field-Testing by One Week

The additional time will allow for some final "quality checking" of the trial assessments' features beginning later this month.

March 14, 2014

Accountability: What the Top Performers Do

Marc Tucker continues the discussion on accountability and describes how the top-performing education systems use assessments and the results to help students and schools improve.

March 07, 2014

English-Language Learners and California's NCLB Testing Waiver

The state's newly granted testing waiver means California is not likely to have data it can use to hold schools accountable for the performance of the nation's largest population of English-language learners.

March 07, 2014

Texas Spoke Too Soon: U.S. Ed. Still Working With State on Waiver

Contrary to what Texas announced yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education has not denied its request for a waiver to help it avoid testing Algebra 1 students twice.

March 07, 2014

California Wins Prized Double-Testing Waiver from U.S. Ed. Dept., Sources Say

The Golden State had been in a standoff with the federal education department over its plan to dump most of its current tests in order to give all students the Smarter Balanced field test.

March 07, 2014

Massachusetts City Defies State, Lets Students Opt Out of PARCC Test

Two cities in Massachusetts have now ignored the warnings of the state education department and allowed their parents to let their children skip the PARCC field tests.

March 07, 2014

Accountability and Motivation

Continuing his blog series on accountability, Marc Tucker examines the premises that underlie different approaches to accountability system design.

March 05, 2014

New Guidelines Offered for Helping Schools Create Reliable Internet Networks

An association of school technology leaders is offering guidance for how K-12 leaders can design and implement technology to improve the reliability of their connections and improve student achievement.

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