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State Education Chief Joins in Celebrating Jefferson Parish Test Score Gains

Knowing that stress from the upheaval of widespread changes can cause an initial dip in achievement before improvements start to show, Superintendent James Meza said he braced himself for the test results from his first year of reforming Jefferson Parish public schools. Then on Wednesday, he rejoiced.

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Digital Textbooks That Integrate Formative Assessment

Tech-savvy Florida district adopts digital textbooks.
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School-Test Backlash Grows

The increasing role of standardized testing in U.S. classrooms is triggering pockets of rebellion across the country from school officials, teachers and parents who say the system is stifling teaching and learning.

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Plunge in FCAT Writing Scores Brings Criticism for Florida Board of Education

After conceding that poor communication with teachers could have contributed to an unprecedented drop in writing scores statewide, the Florida state Board of Education voted to lower the passing mark for the test.

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Education Standards Slated to Become More Flexible in Mass.

Daily operations and classroom lessons will not feel different to students returning to Massachusetts schools this fall when the No Child Left Behind waiver goes into effect.

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Third-Graders Asked to Reveal Secret on New Jersey Standardized Test

New Jersey education officials say they will no longer use a standardized test question that asked third-graders to reveal a secret and write about why it was difficult to keep.

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Aberdeen (Miss.) Public School District Faces State Takeover

Mississippi state education officials who already are overseeing seven struggling public school districts are considering taking over an eighth one despite limited resources.

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Opinion: Accelerated Education, Taken to the nth Degree

The big news out of New York City is that the admissions test for the city’s gifted kindergarten programs is about to get tougher.

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Opinion: STEM Education Efforts are Showing Results in Delaware

We applaud The News Journal’s coverage of movements engaging students in STEM studies to prepare for life’s work and citizenship in Delaware. 

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New York City Schools Want to Ban 'Loaded Words' from Tests

Divorce. Dinosaurs, Birthdays. Religion. Halloween. Christmas. Television. These are a few of the 50-plus words and references the New York City Department of Education is hoping to ban from the city’s standardized tests.

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