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Q&A: An Early Opt-Out Talks About School Without Tests

Twelve years after opting their children out of testing, Fred and Catherine Hamel interview their daughter on her experience. (June 9, 2015)

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As most states shift their required tests to computers, teachers are discovering that their students are missing key technical skills to show what they know.
May 12, 2015 - Education Week
Testing can be an incredibly useful tool, says teacher Wendi Pillars. She shares three ways teachers and students can embrace testing to improve learning.
May 12, 2015 - Teacher
A statewide reading initiative begun 17 years ago in Alabama is credited with raising reading scores and narrowing racial achievement gaps in one of the nation’s poorest states.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
A Hechinger Report examination found that, despite the controversy, few students or teachers will be much affected by the result of this spring’s common-core-aligned tests.
May 6, 2015 - Education Week
The current approach to standardized testing creates unnecessary work for everyone, writes teacher John Troutman McCrann. He says it's time for a more efficient approach to collecting data.
May 6, 2015 - Teacher
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
With a five-year, $10 million federal grant, cognitive scientists are studying ways to remake a popular middle school math series to enhance students' learning.
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
Activists urging parents to opt their children out of tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards hope to build on momentum in states like New York.
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
The testing provider accused of botching the state's common-core assessments last month claims the responsibility lies at least partly with another vendor.
May 4, 2015 - Education Week
The volume of high-school-equivalency testing dropped by half in 2014 after the General Educational Development exam was revised to align with the common-core standards.
May 1, 2015 - Education Week

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