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September 30, 2014

Pearson Lands Common-Core Contract in Mississippi After Testing Standoff

The Mississippi department of education awarded an $8.3 million contract to Pearson, in a decision it said was compelled by a state board's failure to act.

September 26, 2014

Satirical Video Game Skewers NCLB, Charter Schools, Testing

An indie video game dubbed "No Pineapple Left Behind," currently under development, offers a satirical take on public school management. Its motto: "They take tests. You make money."

September 25, 2014

Common-Core Assessment Group Revises Testing Time

New figures, based on field-testing data, show that schools will have to allot 10 to 11 hours to allow students enough time to finish the tests.

September 25, 2014

Ravitch and Zhao: Ricochet

In a response to Diane Ravitch and Yong Zhao, Marc Tucker argues that instead of abandoning standardized tests, the United States needs much better standardized tests, administered at fewer grade levels.

September 22, 2014

Colorado Teacher Refuses to Give Common-Core Tests

The elementary school literacy coach objects to the "onslaught" of common-core curricula and the increasing load of test preparation.

September 19, 2014

New Federal Legislation Introduced to Reduce Mandated Tests

The latest piece of legislation that aims to cut back on testing would allow students in grades 3-8 to take only one test per year: English/language arts or mathematics.

September 19, 2014

A Deeper Learning Rubric as a Tool for Equity

A way of assessing progress toward deeper learning can help ensure that all students have opportunities for high-quality learning environments, says Kathleen Cushman.

September 18, 2014

Finding a Common Language

Agreeing on what deeper learning looks like and how to assess progress toward it is an essential step in making it happen for students, says Kathleen Cushman.

September 17, 2014

More Virginia Schools Fall Short of State Accreditation Under Rigorous Tests

This is the second straight year in which the number of schools failing to receive accreditation increased, a slide that began after the state enacted tougher assessments.

September 16, 2014

Florida Halts State Reading Tests for Grades K-2

Technological problems were cited as the reason for dropping the diagnostic tests for the state's youngest children.

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