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January 19, 2017
One year after TNReady collapse, Tennessee unveils plan to test online again
All high schools will administer the test online in 2018, followed the next year by other grades.
January 11, 2017
‘ILEARN’ test would replace ISTEP in 2019 under House GOP plan
Behning’s bill is the first to outline a plan to replace the test, and it still faces a number of legislative hurdles.
new testing plan
November 29, 2016
ISTEP panel proposes mostly tweaks after months of work
There was no discussion today about the recommendations, crafted mostly over email in the past week.
November 18, 2016
These 10 Indianapolis schools have the fewest kids passing the 2016 ISTEP test
Every school on this list fell far below the state’s average passing rate of 51.6 percent for students in grades 3-8.
November 17, 2016
These 10 Indianapolis schools have the most kids passing the 2016 ISTEP test
The Marion County schools that posted the highest scores on this year’s ISTEP are largely traditional public schools.
November 17, 2016
Indiana bucks the test score trend and posts a second straight year of declines
But this year, 494 schools saw their passing rates improve. And far fewer schools experienced the double-digit drops that were present for 93 percent of schools in 2015.
take it back
November 16, 2016
One day after sweeping testing announcement, New York state walks it back
Instead of keeping tests constant for three years, as the state had announced, that testing changes are now up for discussion.
November 15, 2016
More students passing New York state algebra exam, after outcry sparked by previous year’s test results
Seventy-two percent of students passed Algebra I in 2015-16, according to data released by the State Education Department on Monday.
November 4, 2016
Most Tennessee high school students lag in college readiness according to first TNReady results
Under the state’s tougher new grading scale, nearly three-quarters of Tennessee high school students performed below grade level on each of the new tests.
October 13, 2016
Here’s a preview of how students fared on Tennessee’s new TNReady test
A month before scores are to be released, state officials offer a glimpse, saying that the results are worse than the previous year, as expected with a new test.
October 11, 2016
A Common Core exam or another year of ISTEP? Lawmakers weigh unpopular options
The ISTEP advisory panel is expected to make recommendations by Dec. 1 so that the legislature can formally enact the new test next spring.
October 4, 2016
Tennessee soon will release its first TNReady scores — with a new look
The State Department of Education will release its first standardized test scores under the TNReady era in November.
Hot button issue
September 28, 2016
Is it getting hot in here? If so, you’re less likely to pass a high-stakes test
Looking at 4.5 million exams taken over 13 years, a researcher concluded that students are almost 11 percent more likely to fail an exam on a 90-degree day.
Here we go again
September 14, 2016
Now is the time to discuss scrapping Colorado’s two-year old testing system, state board says
“If we don’t do anything now,” Durham said, “we don’t do anything.”
Anatomy of a lesson
September 7, 2016
How one Memphis school is showing that the Achievement School District isn’t all about test scores
At Libertas School of Memphis, testing does not have the appearance of being front and center in daily lessons at the Montessori school.
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