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A student works a problem in the pages of a prep book during a test practice class at a high school in Naperville, Ill. Illinois is one of a dozen states that have had to set “proficiency” cut scores on the SAT, and in some cases, those are higher than the scores for college readiness.
—Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS

To Be 'Proficient' in Illinois, You Have to Be More Than College-Ready

Illinois sparks controversy by setting its bar for proficiency higher than the college-readiness score on the SAT. (November 17, 2017)

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The lawsuit alleges that the testmaker "stigmatizes" student with disabilities by flagging their test scores for colleges.
August 22, 2018 – Education Week
ESSA locked federal testing mandates in place, participation is ticking up in key states, and the opt-out movement has been overshadowed by funding, teacher pay, and other battles.
July 23, 2018 – Education Week
Without a common vocabulary for naming what we want of education, many people default to prioritizing test scores, notes Helen F. Ladd.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week
When it comes to stagnant math and reading scores, we can’t afford to put our heads in the sand, writes Eric A. Hanushek.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week
For the second time in three years, Tennessee experienced major online testing disruptions, prompting new state legislation and raising questions about ESSA compliance.
May 9, 2018 – Education Week
A New York City effort aimed at preparing teachers to take learning outside the classroom and into the community may be leading to improvements in science achievement and teacher retention, according to some study results.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
As achievement continues to flatten on NAEP, the gap is widening between the lowest and highest scorers on the nationally representative reading and math tests.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
It's time to elevate family structure as an influential factor in academic success, argues Fordham Institute fellow Ian Rowe.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
Too many kids are rushed toward the level they’re "supposed" to be on by the end of a given grading period, with little attention given to the path they’re walking to get there, writes teacher Justin Minkel.
April 18, 2018 – Education Week
Chronic absenteeism and college-and-career readiness prove popular as states look to choose a school performance measure beyond test scores and grad rates.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week

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