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Test-takers in Ohio performed significantly worse when taking exams on tablets.
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Digital Device Choices Could Impact Common-Core Test Results, Studies Finding

Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop or desktop computers, presenting a new challenge as states move to online assessments. (July 19, 2016)

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A judge ruled Friday that school districts can't hold 3rd graders back just because they score badly on a mandated standardized reading test, saying that classroom grades and teacher evaluations have to be considered.
August 26, 2016 – AP
Teachers can play a role in improving mental-health outcomes for students as long as they have the tools to do so, writes Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
As participation booms in the SAT and ACT, there’s been little notice of an opposite trend: the quiet slipping away of the SAT Subject Tests.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education hasn't decided how to penalize states where large numbers of students have opted-out of annual tests.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
A Democratic lawmaker called for more transparency on aggressive plans by the State School Reform Office to close chronically failing schools in Michigan.
August 17, 2016 – McClatchy-Tribune
Michigan's School Reform Office plans to make aggressive moves this coming school year to rid the state of failing schools—putting chronically low-performing schools on notice that they might be closed by next June.
August 16, 2016 – McClatchy-Tribune
One of Florida's main school testing mandates, established by former Gov. Jeb Bush, came under fire during an emotional three-hour long court hearing in Leon County.
August 13, 2016 – AP
With the political conventions over, national security and other concerns may tamp down the profile of education in the policy debates leading up to November's presidential election.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
Preparing students for standardized tests does much more than merely teach "tips and tricks," writes test-prep instructor Travis Coleman.
August 2, 2016 – Education Week
Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop or desktop computers, presenting a new challenge as states move to online assessments.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week

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