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.
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May 28, 2015
May 14, 2015
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
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
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
The American Institutes for Research has emerged as major player in recent years in the increasingly competitive world of state assessments.
April 20, 2015
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 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
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
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
A glance at performance tasks included on new tests show that they do a better job than previous tests of measuring higher-level competencies.