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October 16, 2014

Regents' Approval of Standards Could Help Oklahoma Regain NCLB Waiver

Now that Oklahoma's institutions of higher education have given its standards the OK, the Sooner State has suddenly found itself in a position to regain NCLB flexibility.

October 16, 2014

How Would Some Experts Design K-12 Accountability From Scratch?

State tests would be less frequent and assessments would incorporate a lot of performance tasks, in an imaginary 51st state.

October 15, 2014

State and District Leaders Vow to Reduce Testing, Stick With Annual Assessments

State school chiefs and urban district leaders committed to eliminating redundant tests, but they also made clear that they will not back away from annual standardized testing.

October 13, 2014

Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., to Keynote Education Week's Post-Election Event

The top Democrat on the House Education Committee, an architect of the No Child Left Behind Act, will share his thoughts Nov. 12 on where federal education policy has been and where it needs to go next.

October 13, 2014

Florida and Ed. Dept. Continue Face-off on Testing of English-Language Learners

Florida officials are reportedly planning to take legal action against the department this week in a clash over the question of when the performance of ELLs should factor into the state's accountability system.

October 09, 2014

Ed. Dept.'s Plan for Remaking Turnaround Grants Not Flexible, Educators Say

The Obama administration's plan for revamping the School Improvement Grant program doesn't give states and districts enough flexibility in coming up with ways to turn around low-performing schools, advocates say.

October 09, 2014

Should a School Get an 'A' Even if Poor and Minority Students Underperform?

Education Trust looked at A-through-F-type school grading systems in three states and found that such ratings are "not a powerful signal of the performance of every individual group of kids."

October 07, 2014

Ed. Dept. Churn Brings New Faces to Key Initiatives

Many of the folks originally in charge of major initiatives, including Race to the Top, NCLB waivers, and School Improvement Grants, have left the building.

October 06, 2014

Where Do We Stand on NCLB? A Progress Report for Congress

The administration last week released an NCLB snap shot of sorts, looking at where states were during the 2011-12 school year.

October 03, 2014

Friday Reading List: Testing, Common Core, and Common Core Tests

Should we test students less often? Who is making money off of Common Core tests? What should states have to do to renew their waivers? For the answers, check out these good reads.

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