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May 28, 2015

Hello Again, McFly! Whatever Happened to Demands for a 'New Test System'?

A 1990 study from the National Commission on Testing and Public Policy found the system of tests in American public schools had become a "hostile gatekeeper" for many students.

May 14, 2015

One Step Closer to a New Accountability System for California Schools?

California is hammering out a new state accountability system to complement its school funding system and local accountability models. What might Golden State accountability look like in the future?

May 08, 2015

Wisconsin Moves to Seek Replacement for Smarter Balanced Common-Core Test

Gov. Scott Walker wants to defund the common-core aligned test, but he's not the only Wisconsin official who's gone after the test's rollout.

May 04, 2015

Ga. Schools Chief: Testing Snafu With Unknown Impact Is 'Unacceptable'

Problems with common-core-aligned exams mirror those in Montana and Nevada, but the Associated Press reports that the glitches are not as severe as in other states.

April 27, 2015

Nev. Vendor: American Institutes for Research at Fault for Testing Disruptions

The American Institutes for Research has emerged as major player in recent years in the increasingly competitive world of state assessments.

April 20, 2015

PARCC Opt-Outs Raise Question About Score Validity

There are two testing windows for PARCC, one of two assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. What implications does that have for students who might opt out?

April 15, 2015

Montana Lets Schools Cancel Smarter Balanced Testing After Technical Woes

Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau said it would be "in the best interest of our students" to let districts cancel Smarter Balanced testing if necessary.

April 11, 2015

Michigan Math Teacher: No Way Are My Children Taking the MSTEP Tests

To my students: I am so, so sorry. To their parents: please get informed about your options. My own children will not be taking this test. They will be opted out. I will not stand by as hours of instructional time is lost to a test that will not reveal any new information about my child.

March 27, 2015

Smarter Balanced Delays Spur Headaches in Wisconsin, Montana, and Elsewhere

In addition to a delay, Wisconsin had to eliminate certain questions from its Smarter Balanced exam, after opting not to use the adaptive testing feature of the test.

March 20, 2015

Opting Out? Look at the Tests First

A glance at performance tasks included on new tests show that they do a better job than previous tests of measuring higher-level competencies.

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