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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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Aiming to get beyond just spreadsheets and test scores, Vermont and other states experiment with new ways to scope out schools' strengths and weaknesses.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
The latest attempt by researchers to determine the impact of educational technology investments on achievement compares federal e-rate spending with SAT scores.
September 14, 2016 – Education Week
Tailored student-centered approaches can improve student achievement and attainment, writes Nellie Mae Education Foundation president Nicholas C. Donohue.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
State officials insist the roster of low-performing schools is not a closure list, but an accountability measure required by law, though those reassurances may face skepticism.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Let's Assess the Whole Child
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
A significant increase in the number of students taking the ACT college-readiness test may help explain the slight dip in scores for 2016, says ACT.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
Two new polls gauging American opinion on K-12 schooling, from the journal Education Next and PDK International, help capture public opinion on common-core standards and standardized testing.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
English teacher Linda Yaron shares a selection of strategies to help students gain proficiency at what is fast becoming a "gatekeeper skill."
August 30, 2016 – Teacher
Teachers can play a role in improving mental-health outcomes for students as long as they have the tools to do so, writes Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
As participation booms in the SAT and ACT, there’s been little notice of an opposite trend: the quiet slipping away of the SAT Subject Tests.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week

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