Assessment and Testing

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Students at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River, Vt., stream into the school's computer lab, where they are field-testing the Smarter Balanced online exams. Children in grades 3-11 are taking part in the testing.
—Caleb Kenna for Education Week

Early Reports Suggest Few Field-Testing Snags

Districts in the trial run for common-core exams told Education Week they experienced only minor technological problems, but students found the tests harder than their state assessments. (May 5, 2014)

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Performance on the national exams has stagnated since 2009, including among racial and ethnic groups, prompting renewed concerns about the persistence of achievement gaps.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
A decision by PARCC to give the education vendor Pearson a major contract for common-core testing is being challenged by the American Institutes for Research.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
Reaching agreement with the Education Department on fine points of No Child Left Behind Act flexibility can be a make-or-break proposition.
May 12, 2014 - Education Week
Assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards are drawing fire at the state level, even as most states stick with the standards initiative.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
States should phase in use of common-core assessments for teacher evaluation, write Jane Leibbrand and Alice Seagren.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
The president may have a view of teaching that involves more than test results, but his administration's policies have arguably failed to focus much attention beyond that aspect.
May 6, 2014 - Teacher
For the second year in a row, a handful of states experienced significant disruptions in online testing, prompting some districts to revert to paper-and-pencil assessments.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
Districts in the trial run for common-core exams told Education Week they experienced only minor technological problems, but students found the tests harder than their state assessments.
May 5, 2014 - Education Week
The new exam, described as an "achievement test," aims to judge students' in such areas as analysis, synthesis, and real-world problem-solving.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week

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