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April 18, 2014

S.C. State Board Boss Lambasts Mick Zais, But Has Dim Hopes for Smarter Balanced

The chairman of the South Carolina state board, Barry Bolen, blasted Superintendent Mick Zais, saying that the board retained the authority to pick the state's assessment.

April 17, 2014

More Research Needed on Proper Use of Common-Core Tests, Report Says

States and districts plan to use new common-core tests for teacher evaluation, but such a use "requires new validity and reliability evidence," according to a new report.

April 14, 2014

S.C. Chief Declares State Will Leave Smarter Balanced After All

South Carolina Superintendent Mick Zais said he's withdrawing the state from Smarter Balanced regardless of what the state school board voted to do.

April 11, 2014

In About-Face, S.C. State Board Votes to Stick With Smarter Balanced Test

Despite a state education department official's announcement April 3 that the state would withdraw from Smarter Balanced, the state board voted not to do so April 9.

April 04, 2014

South Carolina Withdrawing From Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium

The move by South Carolina to leave the testing consortium comes at a time when common core is facing political opposition in the state.

April 01, 2014

The Golden Mean

The assessments developed by PARCC and Smarter Balanced may not be ideal, but they represent a major step forward in testing.

March 17, 2014

Arne Duncan Points State Chiefs to 'Common-Sense Middle' on Testing

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said states need to take a balanced approach to assessments and use common-core tests wisely without relying on them too heavily.

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 10, 2014

Another Helping of Hoosiers: Teacher Licensure, Common Core, and More

Issues that will occupy Indiana education officials include potentially problematic changes to teacher licensure, and a new state assessment to match Indiana's forthcoming new standards.

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