Testing

Louisiana ends policy that held thousands of students back a grade or more

Students held back were at high risk of dropping out.

OPINION: Standardized tests offer ‘a neutral yardstick’ in college admissions

Exploring research, grade inflation and the 'test-optional' debate

Anthony Rodriguez and Juneba Sulaiman both passed a college-level statistics class last summer after a placement exam indicated they weren’t ready for college-level math.

The community college “segregation machine”

Too many black and Latino students get stuck in remedial classes, thwarting college dreams

A student takes a quiz at a high school in Ossining, N.Y.

States will soon be free to transform standardized testing, but most won’t

Even states that only grudgingly rely on multiple-choice tests may sit out an “innovative assessment” pilot

OPINION: May we please forget about tests for a minute and go read some books?

Lessons in inquiry-based learning from Socrates — and Vonnegut

New study finds that multiracial high schoolers show no test score gap with white students

While destroying claims to racial superiority, the results also open the way to damaging black schools

Good news: There is an answer to the shortage of black and brown teachers

If you could only see them, right under your noses

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What happens when you give a district the freedom to innovate?

Mississippi district adopts modified calendar, new exam system and multiple diploma options

Kristen Wells works with a small group of students in Terrol McElroy’s classroom at Emmalee Isable Elementary in Jackson while McElroy observes. (Photo: Jackie Mader)

Is repeating third grade — again and again — good for kids?

A state makes students repeat third grade, sometimes more than once, to help them learn to read

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