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An award-winning teacher explains why PARCC, Smarter Balanced are the kind of tests students should take

Maryland officials recently released scores from PARCC assessments, which were administered for the first time this spring. The results pulled back the curtain on a tough reality that went unspoken for a long time: When held to levels that reflect what students need to know and be able to do to succeed at high levels […]

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Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

NEWARK, N.J. — Yandilixza Esteves’ face lights up when she talks about reading. Her favorite books are from “The Magic Tree House” series because, “I can imagine I’m in the places they’re talking about,” she says. Esteves, age 10, is a fourth-grader at Roberto Clemente Elementary School in Newark, N.J., and a native of Puerto […]

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Massachusetts once had the best state test in the country. Will it again?

ARLINGTON, Mass.—As rain poured outside on the chilly evening of February 24, a group of Arlington elementary school parents was imagining a sunnier place — Dorothy’s trip down the yellow brick road. This story also appeared in The Boston Globe “Today you will read and think about the passages ‘Rescue the Tin Woodman’ and ‘Arriving at Emerald […]

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Public-school tests glitch across state

Twelve thousand Mississippi students spent nearly 20 minutes unable to take their Mississippi Assessment Program tests Wednesday morning. This story also appeared in Jackson Free Press Minneapolis, Minns-based Questar Assessment Inc., the assessment vendor responsible for distributing Mississippi’s state tests, reported a glitch in its program Wednesday. With Questar, students take their end-of-the-year assessments online. […]

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Two studies find Common Core tests make the grade

Ah, spring approaching: warm weather, birds chirping, and a new round of standardized tests tied to the Common Core. Since they were first rolled out three years ago, the tests have been hugely controversial. Parent-led “opt-out” movements have impacted school districts, with as many as 80 percent of students in some districts sitting out the […]

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More state tests are “getting honest” about how few kids are on track for college, but there are outliers

The Common Core has won – at least on one front. The standards and the tests designed based on them were, in part, a response to a growing sense that under the No Child Left Behind law – which penalized schools that weren’t making gains on annual state tests – states were making those tests […]