Assessment and Testing

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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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Teaching English-language learners is a complex endeavor that more and more schools are facing. This Spotlight examines assessment and instruction in the everyday world of ELLs and their schools.

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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
Nearly 200 colleges and universities agreed to use Smarter Balanced assessment results in deciding which students take remedial courses.
April 21, 2015 - Education Week
Foes of the Common Core State Standards hoped this would be their year in state legislatures, but so far they have little to boast about.
April 21, 2015 | Updated: June 23, 2015 - Education Week
The state's recent decision to award a tentative, $240 million contract to the Educational Testing Service drew an angry response from its rival.
April 21, 2015 - Education Week
The compromise bill approved by the Senate education committee to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act faces other priorities awaiting debate, and is likely to draw intense partisan sparring.
April 17, 2015 - Education Week
Most of the former educators convicted in a cheating scandal will remain free on bond while they appeal.
April 17, 2015 - Education Week
The proposal hammered out after weeks of negotiation includes policies meant to charm members of both parties as they rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
April 14, 2015 - Education Week
Testing, teacher evaluations, and A-F grading systems are among the issues as states apply for renewal of flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.
April 14, 2015 - Education Week
Seventeen school superintendents explain why the ESEA testing mandate should remain in effect for the reauthorization of the law.
April 10, 2015 - Education Week
This primer on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act—the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA—includes information about compliance, proficiency, and waivers; milestones in the law’s history; main criticisms; and resources for further reading.
April 10, 2015 - Education Week

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