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October 19, 2017
In Tennessee’s turnaround district, 9 in 10 young students fall short on their first TNReady exams
Nine out of 10 of elementary- and middle-school students in Tennessee’s turnaround district aren’t scoring on grade level in English and math, new data says.
April 25, 2016
With failed bid to cut ninth grade testing, lawmakers stick with assessment status quo
A bill that would have eliminated emandatory ninth grade language arts and math tests — the only PARCC tests for Colorado high schoolers — died Monday in the Senate.
New test coming?
April 5, 2016
Civics test bill fails on final Senate roll-call vote
The bill to require high school students pass a civics test to graduate failed 17-18 on a final Senate vote Wednesday.
April 5, 2016
How New York City principals are thinking about the opt-out movement
For principals like Stacy Goldstein, who runs the School of the Future in Manhattan, the prospect of a big jump in opt-outs creates new logistical hurdles.
Time for another test?
March 31, 2016
Mandatory high school civics test endorsed by Colorado Senate committee
Colorado students would have to pass a multiple-choice civics test to graduate high school under a bill approved Thursday by a divided Senate Education Committee.
March 25, 2016
As opt-out debates continue, state’s top education officials work to stay united
One day after the chancellor-elect said she would opt her own child out of state tests, she had a conversation with the education commissioner and outlined their shared views.
Let's add a test
March 8, 2016
High school students would face new civics test under bipartisan proposal
Colorado students would be required to pass a civics test used by the federal government to graduate from high school under a new bill.
Legislative Preview 2016
January 10, 2016
Lawmakers face tricky choices on education funding, data privacy and more
Colorado’s 100 lawmakers return to the Capitol this week facing a budgetary squeeze and some important unfinished education business.
December 15, 2015
Testing giants vie to provide Colorado high school exams
The last piece of Colorado’s testing puzzle will fall in place by year’s end when officials decide which tests high school sophomores and juniors will take next spring.
December 10, 2015
First step taken toward student choice in high school equivalency exams
State education officials have the green light to negotiate with three companies that offer high school equivalency tests, potentially offering more choice for students.
December 7, 2015
Rewrite of federal education law could spur changes to testing, accountability in Colorado
The rewrite of federal education law moving through Congress has generated intense interest in education circles but will likely have little immediate impact in Colorado.
a higher bar
November 12, 2015
Scores on new PARCC tests show most Colorado kids failing to meet academic expectations
A little more than a third of Colorado students scored in the top two levels of the new state language arts and math tests first given last spring.
November 11, 2015
Try your hand at PARCC test questions
The new language arts and math tests most Colorado students took last spring have been something of a black box for parents.
October 26, 2015
Colorado ahead of the game on Obama’s suggested test reforms
Presidents Obama’s call for less standardized testing spurred lots of national chatter, but many of his specific proposals involve steps that Colorado already has taken.
Results are in
September 11, 2015
Colorado ACT test scores remain flat
Colorado high school juniors recorded a composite score of 20.1 on the ACT college readiness test last spring, down from 20.3 in 2014.
September 10, 2015
High school students get one-year pass on social studies tests
Colorado high school students won’t have to take the statewide social studies test this year, but tests will be given in a third of elementary and middle schools.
August 10, 2015
State inches closer to federal approval of new testing system
Colorado’s plan to ease testing burdens for 10th graders may well get federal approval, but the state has to jump through some hoops before the change is a done deal.
July 30, 2015
For a few weeks, Denver at center of PARCC testing world
The basement conference rooms of a Denver hotel are ground zero for setting the performance levels of students on last spring’s PARCC language arts and math tests.
July 29, 2015
Most new Shelby County school districts happy with benchmark test scores
Five of six municipal school districts in suburban Shelby County welcome mostly positive results from their first year of operation based on district-level test scores.
Just saying no
July 27, 2015
After widespread test protests last fall, opting out spread during spring exams
The brushfire of testing refusal sparked by some high school seniors last fall spread during the state’s main testing season this spring, a Chalkbeat Colorado survey has found.
Just say no
July 20, 2015
Two small districts set the record for opting out
If you want to know where opposition to testing may run deepest, look to Mancos and Buffalo, two districts 472 miles apart on opposite sides of the Continental Divide.
Tale of the testing tape
July 16, 2015
Colorado science, social studies scores show modest uptick
Scores on statewide elementary and middle school social studies and science tests generally improved this year compared to 2014, according to data released Thursday.
a big switch
July 9, 2015
New York ditches controversial test-maker Pearson
The state has signed a five-year contract with Minneapolis-based Questar Assessment Inc., after several controversies involving giant test-maker Pearson.
June 23, 2015
Colorado hustles to roll out new testing plan
State testing is going to take up a lot less space on school calendars in 2016 than it did last spring. But questions about other testing changes next year are up in the air.
May 21, 2015
PARCC board decides to make tests shorter
Colorado families Thursday got good news on shorter state testing times, just a day after signing of a new law that will cut the number of tests students have to take.
Now it's the law
May 20, 2015
All smiles as Hick signs testing bills
With the nail-biting legislative session safely behind them, Gov. John Hickenlooper and key lawmakers were brimming with good cheer as he signed two testing bills.
May 18, 2015
Fariña to state officials: Cuomo’s evaluation plan needs changes
The letter’s most surprising takeaway is that, in New York City, Cuomo may be about to exacerbate the problem he sought to fix through his new evaluation law.
2015 Session Review
May 9, 2015
Testing bill the one notable achievement in education policy
State assessments, K-12 funding and school safety were the top education issues for the General Assembly, but little other educational legislation of note passed.
The last day
May 6, 2015
Testing agreement comes in session’s final hours
The debate on testing, 2015's most divisive education issue, ended on the session’s last day with self-congratulatory speeches and strong votes for a compromise bill.
May 5, 2015
Senate takes its turn on testing, advances compromise plan
The Senate passed a compromise testing bill late Tuesday that looks a lot like a measure approved by the House on Monday evening. The vote appears…
May 4, 2015
House passes testing compromise bill
The House late Monday gave preliminary approval to a compromise testing measure designed to break the assessment stalemate that has dogged the 2015 session.
May 1, 2015
Senate and House each pass testing bills, setting up push for compromise
The Senate voted 33-2 early Friday evening to pass its main testing bill, followed a few hours later by a 52-12 House vote to pass its assessment proposal.
April 27, 2015
Spare change found for school funding bill
The House Education Committee Monday added some symbolic funding for at-risk students to the proposed 2015-16 school finance bill.
April 24, 2015
House weighs in with its own testing bill
The House Friday gave preliminary approval to its version of what should happen to state tests, less than 18 hours after the Senate passed its competing testing bill.
April 23, 2015
Modest testing reduction bill advances in Senate
The Senate has advanced bills to reduce state testing and to fund the state's schools in 2015-16.
April 22, 2015
Ex-governors have Hick’s back, defend standards and testing
As the legislature prepares for floor debate on key testing bills, two former governors urged lawmakers not to tinker too much with standards and assessments.
April 20, 2015
Ranks of testing bills culled as session’s days dwindle
Four testing bills were killed by the House Education Committee Monday, including measures that would have repealed the Common Core Standards and PARCC tests.
April 15, 2015
Tell us: What’s new about state testing in New York City this year?
We’re reaching out to educators, parents, students, and others to understand how the testing landscape in New York City has changed since last year.
April 13, 2015
House panel loads lots of changes onto testing bill
It was a busy day for education at the Capitol Monday as bills on testing, school violence and American Indian mascots all were on the move.
Kicking the can down the road
April 9, 2015
Senate Education Committee advances three testing bills
Two major and different testing bills were approved Thursday by the Senate Education Committee, continuing the uncertainty about where lawmakers are headed on the issue.
an objective measure
April 7, 2015
As new teacher evaluation system looms, Tisch defends need for state tests
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch continues to defend the need for state tests as an objective measure in the new teacher evaluation system.
Not quite ready
April 6, 2015
Issues get aired, but vote delayed on House testing bill
The House Education Committee Monday evening delayed voting on a bill that would make modest cuts in the state’s standardized testing system.
maintaining the spotlight
April 6, 2015
Success Academy: A guide to the city’s largest, most controversial charter-school network
There has been an ongoing fascination with the city’s largest and most polarizing charter school network as it grows in size and in scope within the education landscape.
April 6, 2015
Testing opt-out bill gets final Senate approval
The Senate voted 28-7 Tuesday morning to pass the bill designed to protect parents’ right to opt students out of state standardized tests.
April 1, 2015
Bid to pull testing funds livens up Senate budget debate
Testing became part of the state budget debate, a House committee approved an aid bill for rural districts and more new education bills popped up in the House.
March 30, 2015
Education committees offer different testing visions
Two new bills introduced in the legislature late Monday afternoon remix elements of other measures and add some new ideas, adding more choices to the stalled Capitol testing debate.
The debate starts
March 26, 2015
Testing opt-out bill passes Senate Education
The Senate Education Committee Thursday gave 8-1 approval to a bill that would codify parents’ right to opt students out of tests and also forbid penalization of districts, schools and teachers for low participation rates.
"More than a score"
March 25, 2015
Testing opponents rally on eve of opt-out bill hearing
Testing opponents rallied at the Capitol Wednesday ahead of debate on a testing opt-out bill. Other assessment measures remain stalled.
March 17, 2015
New twists complicate testing debate
Capitol developments Tuesday afternoon provided a fresh twist to the Colorado legislature’s complicated testing debate, including introduction of a new on opting out of testing and a sharp remarks from the Colorado Education Association.
Gov speaks out
March 17, 2015
Hick defends ed reform, endorses testing bill
Gov. John Hickenlooper says, “there’s no reason to go back” on state education reforms and endorsed a new bipartisan bill that proposes to reduce high school testing and streamline assessments in early grades.
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