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September 25, 2018
Three things to watch as the release of New York’s test scores draws near
This year, as in the past, the numbers will not be directly comparable to the previous year because of changes to the test itself.
to the races
September 19, 2018
Jia Lee, a special education teacher and union gadfly, wants to be New York’s next lieutenant governor
With 18 years in the classroom, special education teacher Jia Lee has seen a lot of change. Now, she wants to be the…
September 14, 2018
New York officials soften potential penalties for schools where many students opt out of tests
Under the initial rules, districts that had high opt-out rates for five years could have to set aside Title I funding, which is earmarked for high-poverty schools.
June 7, 2018
Fact checking the Colorado governor’s race: The truth behind 5 claims dividing Democratic contenders
As the Colorado Democratic primary nears, candidates for governor are using old education positions to highlight small policy differences.
The Colorado Way
May 7, 2018
Feds approve Colorado’s education plan after multiple revisions, but critics see more work to do
Colorado wanted to use its state accountability system to meet federal requirements, but ultimately the two were not entirely compatible.
a long long way to go
April 13, 2018
Concerns about long days add to a bumpy week for New York state tests
The state’s English tests, which were supposed to take on average 60 to 90 minutes to complete, took some students three to six hours to complete.
April 10, 2018
New York state tests start this week. Here’s what you need to know.
In response to concerns about the length of the tests, the state cut English and math tests to two days each this year, dropping one testing day from each subject.
April 5, 2018
Opt-out families respond to Carranza’s statement that boycotting tests is an ‘extreme reaction’
Chancellor Richard Carranza said the choice to skip the test was an “extreme reaction” during an interview on NY1.
Carrots and sticks
February 8, 2018
No pizza parties, no raffle tickets: Bill would bar Colorado schools from offering rewards to test-takers
State lawmakers characterized the problem of schools dangling rewards for taking assessments as “more than one, but not widespread.”
January 19, 2018
Why one Harvard professor calls American schools’ focus on testing a ‘charade’
Harvard professor Daniel Koretz is on a mission: to convince policymakers that standardized tests have been widely misused.
September 13, 2017
How should Colorado respond to federal concerns about its testing opt-out policy? State board members don’t agree.
The Colorado State Board of Education will vote next month on direction for whether to change the state's ESSA plan or not, and if so how.
August 22, 2017
New York’s state test scores are coming out today. Here’s what we’ll be watching for.
Because the tests themselves held steady between 2016 and 2017, the test scores will provide a brief glimpse into whether students are making progress.
a plan emerges
July 17, 2017
Student suspensions will now be used in New York state’s revised plan to evaluate schools
On Monday, education officials released revisions to their draft Every Student Succeeds Act plan.
May 9, 2017
TNReady took almost twice as long as Tennessee tests in 2012. Here’s why.
Elementary and middle school students took about eight hours of end-of-year tests this year, an amount consistent with national trends toward longer tests.
a new face
April 11, 2017
For the first time, the state teachers union will be headed by a New York City educator
"We’re going to play a role in pretty much everything."
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