Peer Review of State Assessments Put on Hold
Amid calls for postponing high-stakes decisions as the common-core standards and tests are implemented, the U.S. Department of Education has put on hold an important part of federal accountability: peer review of state assessment systems.
In December, the department quietly halted the technical expert-panel reviews of state tests that have been a part of federal oversight for nearly two decades under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, whose most recent version is the No Child Left Behind Act.
That leaves 15 states without federally approved state tests, until at least the spring of 2015, when the new common tests are expected to debut. That list includes California, Indiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, according...
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