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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 latest results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study show that basic literacy is at an all-time high around the world, while the reading skills of U.S. 4th graders seem to be heading in the opposite direction.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
A 33-nation study finds that boys tend to score higher in reading when 60 percent or more of their classmates are girls.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week
Illinois sparks controversy by setting its bar for proficiency higher than the college-readiness score on the SAT.
November 17, 2017 – Education Week
The political maneuvers used by education policy advocates to animate moderate voters over those issues in New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington could provide a script next year when 38 governors and most state legislators are up for election.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
Current trends indicate states are backing away from using student-growth measures—and standardized-test scores, in particular—to gauge teacher quality.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
Florida and other states say "English-only" laws prevent them from providing state tests to English-learners in their native language even though ESSA urges them to do so.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
Schools are looking for ways they can use the kindergarten entry tools to tailor classroom practices with children's academic, social, and physical development needs in mind.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
Arts instruction and understanding the creative process can help prepare students for 21st-century challenges, write Emily Gasoi and Sonya Robbins Hoffmann.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
A record number of students from the class of 2017 took the revised SAT. But don’t try comparing this year’s scores to last year’s.
October 3, 2017 – Education Week
This year's gains were especially notable for Hispanic students, whose college-readiness scores rose even as they took the exam in greater numbers.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week

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