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August 12, 2011

Experts Caution Testing Consortia on Design, Accessibility

Experts caution the assessment consortia about making tests accessible to special-needs students, and designing a successful system that has multiple, varying goals.

August 10, 2011

Common Standards to Play Pivotal Role in NCLB Waivers?

Common standards—or some kind of college- and career-ready standards—will play a pivotal role in states' chances to get waivers from the requirements of No Child Left Behind.

August 04, 2011

Common Assessments: Let the Bidding Begin

One of the common assessment consortia issues a request for proposals that details the requirements necessary to write its test items.

July 22, 2011

Hundreds of STEM Plans Expected to Vie for i3 Grants

STEM education was added as an "absolute priority" in the second round of the federal i3 program.

July 05, 2011

Testing Coming to a Pre-K Near You?

The new Race to the Top challenge presses states to come up with ways to gauge the quality of their early-childhood programs, and develop standards and assessments to check the youngest students' progress.

June 27, 2011

STEM Education Advocates Outline Ideas for Revising ESEA

The STEM Education Coalition says the role of science in federal accountability measures should be elevated.

June 16, 2011

NSF Grant to Promote Improved Geographic Literacy

The $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation is designed to create a road map for improving student knowledge of geography.

June 13, 2011

Could NCLB Waivers Affect Common Standards, Tests?

The U.S. Department of Education's announcement that it will grant waivers to NCLB requirements could raise questions for states helping design common assessments.

June 10, 2011

High School Advocates Push Interests in ESEA Renewal

A coalition of minority groups pushes for key high-school-improvement measures to be included in a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

June 08, 2011

Obama Urges Preparation for Manufacturing Careers

President Barack Obama unveils a group of new initiatives aimed at getting more young people prepared and certified for good jobs in manufacturing.

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