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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
School success is often measured by test scores, but they don’t paint an accurate picture, says Jack Schneider.
September 6, 2017 – Education Week
What can you learn when students give up on the test? A new measure offers clues.
September 6, 2017 – Education Week
With more students now able to take the SAT with accommodations, does that change the test's validity? asks school attorney Miriam Kurtzig Freedman.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week
The College Board will allow more students to take the college entrance exam on a computer, but the digital format is still available only to a small fraction of all test-takers.
August 16, 2017 – Education Week
After scores plummeted this spring on the most-used English-proficiency test, some states are easing up on the criteria for students to exit English-learner support services. Is that the right thing to do?
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
States that pay the costs of the SAT and ACT exams for all students can boost four-year college enrollment among low-income students, new research suggests.
July 21, 2017 – Education Week
Many "good" schools are just skating by on their students' privileged backgrounds and family resources, writes Karin Chenoweth.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
A scoring change to a widely used English-proficiency test has led to thousands of students being retained in classes for ELLs.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week

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