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December 19, 2014

Los Angeles Requests Delay in Using New Test Scores for Accountability Purposes

Citing concerns over technological readiness, LA Superintendent Raymond Cortines has asked the state Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas Torlakson not to use the district's students' test scores on new Smarter Balanced tests for "high stakes accountability purposes."

December 18, 2014

Louisiana Governor, Ed. Agency Spar Over School Contracts

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has questioned the awarding of small contracts by the state education agency; some see it as a fight related to common-core standards battles.

December 16, 2014

Balanced Literacy: Being a Program-less Teacher

So now, in a way, I am program-less. There is no one teacher's guide that I regularly reference and where I find all my ready-made resources.

December 16, 2014

Pearson Wins Bid to Develop PISA 2018 Frameworks

The multinational education company will work on redefining reading literacy, reviewing math and science, and a way to measure global competence, among other measures.

December 16, 2014

ETS Recommends Changes For English-Language Proficiency Assessments

The report authors contend that most English-language proficiency assessments focus on students' knowledge about English rather than their ability to use the language effectively in school.

December 16, 2014

Maryland Teachers Union Calls for Suspension of Kindergarten Tests

A survey of kindergarten teachers showed unhappiness with the amount of time the test took away from instruction.

December 12, 2014

Technology to Bring an Assessment 'Renaissance,' Pearson Report Contends

Online testing environments, adaptive technologies, and new digital platforms hold the potential to transform K-12 assessment and further personalize learning, says a new Pearson report.

December 12, 2014

Most Alabama Students Fall Short on Common-Core Test

The first statewide results of ACT's Aspire test show most students below the marks that indicate they're on track for success in college.

December 11, 2014

Connecticut Moves To Downplay Tests in Accountability

Yet another state tries to hammer out a new way of judging schools that doesn't rely so heavily on test scores.

December 10, 2014

A Plan for Measuring Hard-to-Measure, 'Soft' Skills

Laura Hamilton and Brian Stecher of RAND call for research to develop better measures of competencies like academic tenacity and collaboration, essential skills that are seldom measured in schools.

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