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June 1, 2016
Most of the questions from New York’s 2016 state tests are now public
Teachers and parents looking to understand, or critique, New York’s state tests have more to work with than ever.
Signed and sealed
May 31, 2016
Tennessee awards two testing contracts as it searches for TNReady successor
Two firms that have received smaller testing contracts this spring could be in the hunt for the state’s biggest job.
May 16, 2016
Push to overhaul tests in New York hits a persistent roadblock: cost
Education officials in New York are hitting a roadblock as they try to introduce project-based assessments.
May 9, 2016
They rejected multi-state Common Core exams. Now what?
Leaving test consortia was meant to pacify local protests against Common Core, but it has led to confusion in the classroom and extra costs to states.
May 2, 2016
Indiana teachers to lawmakers: ISTEP replacement should be shorter, more useful
Lawmakers made final recommendations to a 23-member panel that will meet throughout the year to explore new test options.
April 29, 2016
Here’s what students at one Tennessee high school have to say about taking TNReady
High school students have watched TNReady delays with bemusement. Now that it's here, they say it's a harder test.
April 25, 2016
Sen. Lamar Alexander on the nation’s new education law, and how it could shape Tennessee schools
Tennessee's senior senator says the goal of the Every Students Succeeds Act is to leave decisions about schools up to local stakeholders.
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April 21, 2016
What a day is like inside Pearson’s test scoring facility
Indiana’s new test maker began scoring ISTEP earlier this month.
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April 18, 2016
On Rosa’s first day as Regents chief, she signals a shift to a slower pace of change
A workgroup, which Rosa created in her first act as chancellor of the Board of Regents, will likely start by analyzing the Common Core standards.
a change in the wind
April 14, 2016
State Board shifts: Colorado will release school, district results for high school science test
Colorado schools will for the first time learn how their high school students stacked up against others on the state’s new science tests.
April 13, 2016
Tindley dominates the list of top 10 Indianapolis charter schools for passing ISTEP
For of the top 10 Indianapolis charter schools for passing ISTEP were part of the Tindley network.
April 5, 2016
How mindfulness improves testing days for me — and for my students
A school librarian explains how she stays calm and even energized during the long periods of testing time where she must remain alert and unconnected.
April 4, 2016
Low state ISTEP test scores landed these 10 Indianapolis Public Schools at the bottom
More than half of the schools among the bottom 10 for IPS on ISTEP were combined high schools.
April 4, 2016
State seeks to limit opt-out options as TNReady Part II approaches
The Tennessee Department of Education directs superintendents not to make it easier for students to refuse to take the state’s new standardized test.
Adjustments in Accountability
March 31, 2016
This year’s TNReady scores can’t put your school on the priority list. Here’s why.
In light of TNReady's bumpy rollout, the State Department of Education has new provisions in place for how student test scores will be used to evaluate low-performing schools.
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