Testing

2/27/2013

2/27/2013
The Baltimore school system will begin monitoring the administration of the High School Assessments this year, expanding on a measure that began in 2011 after a series of cheating scandals in the district's elementary and middle schools.
2/27/2013
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium offers a technology planning framework for member states preparing to implement the assessment system in the 2014-2015 school year. The framework provides minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations that will allow schools and districts to evaluate which of their existing devices will support the administration of next-generation assessments.
2/27/2013
The Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SMARTER Balanced) are developing the next generation of assessment tools in line with Common Core. And both consortia are developing online assessments that will replace traditional paper tests.

2/26/2013

2/26/2013
More stringent passing requirements for standardized tests have Tri-Cities education officials worried schools with traditionally high marks will soon be considered failing, while also trying to plan for the fallout from parents.

2/25/2013

2/25/2013
The Lake Travis school district is considering removing class rank from the transcripts of all of its students, with the exception of students performing in the top 10 percent.

2/20/2013

2/20/2013
Some Downers Grove elementary school students could see a significant dip in their performance on standardized tests this year, a byproduct of a more difficult state exam and higher passing requirements for 2013.

2/19/2013

2/19/2013
A mandatory drug testing program for Juneau's high school students involved in extra-curricular activities might end in an effort to save the district money. Eliminating the three-year-old program is one of a handful of cuts the Juneau School District has proposed to reduce spending by about $1.75 million in 2014.

2/14/2013

2/14/2013
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams told lawmakers Tuesday that he thinks the appropriate number of mandatory end-of-course exams for high schools students is between eight and 10.

2/12/2013

2/12/2013

Another four school districts “scrubbed” students from their rolls and might have been awarded higher state report-card ratings than they deserved, says a state audit released this afternoon.

Canton, Cincinnati, Northridge schools in Montgomery County and Winton Woods schools in Hamilton County are the additional districts found to have systemically withdrawn then re-enrolled students who had never actually left, a process called “scrubbing.”

2/4/2013

2/4/2013
The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low-achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country.

2/1/2013

2/1/2013
The on-time graduation rate for Oregon high school students in the class of 2012 is up, but barely. The Oregonian reported that state figures showed the rate rose by less than a percentage point and remains at 68 percent. Gov. John Kitzhaber and his chief education officer, Rudy Crew, call 68 percent unacceptably low.

1/22/2013

1/22/2013
In 2002, when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was amended as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) under then-President George W. Bush, few would have predicted that in the 10 years to follow, NCLB would become a household name, both vilified and praised.

1/18/2013

1/18/2013
Amabilia Villeda received a surprising phone call from her daughter's teacher one day — the sixth-grader could barely read. "How did this happen?" Villeda said. "Now she's in eighth grade and reads at third-grade level."
1/18/2013
Socioeconomic inequality among U.S. students skews international comparisons of test scores, finds a new report released today by the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Economic Policy Institute. When differences in countries' social class compositions are adequately taken into account, the performance of U.S. students in relation to students in other countries improves markedly.

1/17/2013

1/17/2013
Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the word Trevor Packer used today to describe Glendale Union High School District.

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