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October 25, 2014

Urban Educators Debate Testing in National Town Hall

The Council of the Great City Schools convened a town hall on the current testing regime in public schools, with panelists discussing its impact and what's needed to better assess student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.

October 24, 2014

Toward a New Era in Educational Assessment

A new report lays out a strong case for new forms of assessment and could start a movement toward better ways of knowing what students know and can do, says Bob Lenz of Envision Education.

October 23, 2014

A New Approach to Testing: New Hampshire Seeks Federal Approval

New Hampshire is proposing an alternative to testing all students every year with the same assessment. If the U.S. Department of Education approves its pilot plan, it could send a powerful signal that more testing flexibility might be available for states.

October 23, 2014

Testing Consortium Awards Contract for English-Learner Assessment

The WIDA consortium has chosen a Minnesota company to score its new, common-core aligned English-language proficiency assessment that will debut in 2015-16.

October 22, 2014

Chicago District Wants One-Year Delay of PARCC Test

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, will ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.

October 21, 2014

Digital Learning Games Used by Majority of Teachers, Survey Finds

Digital games have gone mainstream in U.S. schools, but their full potential to support learning has yet to be tapped, a new report finds.

October 20, 2014

Lighting Fires (of the Mind) in Detroit

A graduation profile ignites students in a so-called "low-performing" school in a distressed city, says Envision Learning Partners

October 18, 2014

Under Pressure, Okla. Hires Measured Progress to Oversee Winter Tests

Oklahoma officials scrambled to find a testing vendor for exams required for high school graduation, after another company, McGraw-Hill Education CTB, backed out.

October 17, 2014

The Power of Exhibitions: Why You Need Both Sizzle and Steak

In this post, High Tech High Chula Vista teacher Alec Patton takes us inside the world of exhibitions, telling us why they have power, why students aren't always as motivated by them as you might think, and how at their best they bring together "sizzle" and "steak".

October 16, 2014

Washington State Voids Test Scores at Seattle School Due to High Erasure Rates

State officials stopped short of saying that cheating occurred at the elementary school, but noted that "significant" changes—including a high number of erasures from incorrect to correct answers—signaled that testing protocols were not followed.

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