Testing

8/26/2013

8/26/2013
The new report cards include an A to F system and measure different things than the previous system. This year is a transition year for the new report cards, and only some measured components were reported.
8/26/2013
The next mayor can expect city students’ test scores to rise, a top state education official predicted Thursday, while also cautioning they shouldn’t be the sole indicator of whether education reforms are working.
8/26/2013
School officials are quick to point out the ACT is but one factor in admitting a student to college. True enough. But the ACT and similar national tests of student achievement have for decades been reliable indicators of a student’s academic success in college.

8/22/2013

8/22/2013
While it’s been successful around the nation, PowerSchool has never been used for a district as large as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools or the Wake County Public School System, said Philip Price, technology chief for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

8/20/2013

8/20/2013
Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students' and schools' performances, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

8/16/2013

8/16/2013
A school’s grade means that my children will be taught to the test and will not get a full, rounded education, as I did at their age. A school’s grade implies that there is a correlation between a higher grade and increased pressure put on teachers, administration and students to perform. The test dictates what the child will learn.
8/16/2013
The data show that among the state's largest school districts, San Diego Unified has the top scores in English Language Arts and NCLB Science; San Francisco and Garden Grove are the next in line. Other large districts used in the comparison are those in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, San Bernardino, Sacramento and Oakland.

8/14/2013

8/14/2013
Here is an unlikely duel: It's Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, vs. Matt Damon, actor and activist, over school accountability measures.
8/14/2013
In 2011, the Hillsborough County school district took the unusual step of embracing single-gender education, establishing separate boys’ and girls’ academies in a pair of middle schools in east Tampa.
8/14/2013
Public schools’ standardized test scores will drop this year, June Atkinson, state superintendent of public instruction, said Monday.
8/14/2013
A close examination of two medium-sized school districts' standardized testing calendars found that kids are losing out on receiving a full, high-quality education because of pervasive test preparation and testing, according to a report released by the American Federation of Teachers.

8/12/2013

8/12/2013
California education officials have flagged 242 schools statewide, including 15 in the Sacramento area, for possible cheating concerns because their students shared test-related photos on social media.
8/12/2013
When taking tests, students of color aren’t just worrying about the exam itself, but about what people might think of them and their ethnic group once the results come in.

8/9/2013

8/9/2013
Just 26 percent of students in grades 3-8 passed the New York state tests in English, and 30 percent passed in math, according to the N.Y. State Education Department. Fewer than last year, this news is unsettling to parents, principals, and teachers and poses new challenges to a national effort to toughen academic standards.

8/6/2013

8/6/2013
As if applying to college isn’t taxing enough, the process seems to have been ratcheted up another notch. Ambitious high school students are no longer content with just one college admissions test.

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