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January 29, 2015

California Districts File Claim for Additional Funds to Cover State Testing

Four districts and one county education office in California say the state must provide more financial aid to local K-12 agencies to help them implement state assessments.

January 13, 2015

We Want to Give You a Choice of State Tests, Wis. Legislators Tell Districts

A Wisconsin bill backed by powerful state legislators would give schools a choice of certain state assessments. What are the complexities and consequences of that proposal?

December 05, 2014

Wary of Proficiency Rates, California Eyes New Reporting Method for Test Scores

It will be interesting to watch how the Golden State attempts to walk the line between having to report achievement in categories, and wanting to use scale scores.

December 01, 2014

Missouri Must Stop Payments for Common-Core Test, Judge Orders

Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green issued the order on Nov. 25 as part of a court case brought by a group of Missourians who are challenging the state's membership in Smarter Balanced.

November 24, 2014

What's the Best Way to Classify Michigan's Common-Core Testing Plans?

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step) test, which will be administered next spring, will include items from the Smarter Balanced assessment as well as items developed by Michigan teachers. But some will be in "field-test-only" mode.

November 05, 2014

Smarter Balanced Reports Student Views on Field-Test Accommodations

A report from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium suggests that built-in test accommodations are easy to use, but that more students need to become familiar with them.

November 04, 2014

Smarter Balanced Field Test Report Calls For Strong Internet Connectivity

Interrupted Internet connections sometimes caused issues in the field tests, according to a study that spotlights the need for sufficient technology infrastructure and bandwidth in schools.

October 11, 2014

Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium Looking for New Math Director

Shelbi Cole, who has served as the director of mathematics for Smarter Balanced since 2012, has been promoted to director of content for the organization.

September 22, 2014

Lawsuit Targets Common-Core Tests as 'Illegal Interstate Compact'

A Missouri lawsuit claims that the state's funding of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium illegally cedes state sovereignty over its K-12 policy.

August 07, 2014

Iowa Announces Withdrawal From Smarter Balanced Testing Group

The governor and state schools chief cite their desire for an assessment that's "the right fit for Iowa."

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