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August 27, 2016
McCormick rejects Ritz’s favored ISTEP changes, backs SAT as a high school exam
Jennifer McCormick, a superintendent from Yorktown running for Indiana schools chief, has revealed details of how she’d like to see Indiana’s testing system change.
August 26, 2016
How one Memphis school has been able to do what the state hasn’t with ACT scores
Soulsville Charter School saw its ACT scores jump two points this year, a trend the Tennessee Department of Education would like see statewide.
August 24, 2016
Another year of low ACT scores for black and Hispanic students prompts calls for change
Since 2007, black students have scored several points lower, on average, than every other ethnic group in the state, according to state data.
Back to school
August 10, 2016
Why does Tennessee start its school year so dang early?
In recent years, students have returned to school earlier and earlier in August, with some districts now starting in July.
August 8, 2016
State superintendent candidates want to kill ISTEP but differ on what should come next
Both candidates running for state superintendent agree that the state’s ISTEP exam has to go. But they disagree about what should replace it.
July 29, 2016
Educators and advocates weigh in on New York State test scores
The New York State Education Department's release of grades 3-8 test scores brought a flurry of responses from across the political spectrum.
More than scores
July 20, 2016
Beyond test scores, Tennessee looks at how to evaluate districts and schools under ESSA
With the switch to ESSA looming, state leaders consider which metrics to include in the state's accountability plan.
July 20, 2016
Meet the former teacher who helps steer Tennessee’s education policy
As executive director of the State Board of Education, Sara Heyburn talks with Chalkbeat about what the board does and Tennessee education policy priorities.
the long view
July 13, 2016
Why this year’s failed TNReady test leaves Tennessee with challenges for years to come
The decision to cancel standardized testing this year will impact the state's accountability system for at least three years.
change of heart
July 7, 2016
Tennessee didn’t choose Questar in 2014. Here’s why officials say they’re confident now.
In 2014, Tennessee passed Questar over in favor of Measurement Incorporated. Here's why the state went with Measurement Inc. originally — and why they're going with Questar now.
July 6, 2016
Questar wins contract to develop Tennessee test to replace failed TNReady
After a rocky year of standardized testing, the Tennessee Department of Education is starting fresh with large-scale test maker Questar.
on the record
July 5, 2016
Pearson CEO: Company has a ‘wider responsibility’ to help end educational inequities
The Pearson CEO also talks data privacy, political influence and the role of technology in classroom.
July 1, 2016
Extending uncertainty about testing, Tennessee misses its deadline to name new test maker
Tennessee misses its own deadline to name the testing company that will pick up where Measurement Inc. left off this spring.
across state lines
June 20, 2016
Lawmakers wanted to know how unique Tennessee’s testing problems were. Here’s the answer.
A report from the Tennessee comptroller answers lawmakers' questions about how online testing went in other states.
June 15, 2016
New report: Top-scoring black and Hispanic middle schoolers not making it into specialized high schools
Only 16 percent of black and Hispanic students who score highly on state tests make it to the city's specialized high schools.
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