Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


Texas Ed Agency Fines ETS $20.7 Million for Late Test Results

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is fining New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service (ETS) $20.7 million for late and inconsistent delivery of results from its State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests, administered during the 2015-16 school year.

Science, Social Studies Library Introduces Assessment Tool

The Kids Discover Online library now includes a feature that allows teachers to create customizable quizzes and assignments.

FBI Raids Home of Ex-College Board Official After SAT Leak

FBI agents searched the home of a former employee of the College Board, the nonprofit company that administers the SAT, as part of an investigation into the breach and release of hundreds of questions from future SAT college entrance exams.

Fewer Than Half of California Students Met College Readiness Standards

Fewer than half of California public school students are prepared for the academic challenges of college, according to results released Wednesday from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress.

Age-Based, Grade-Level System Ignores Huge Numbers of Over-Achieving Students

While this country puts a lot of attention on students not achieving at the proficiency level, plenty of focus might be better directed on students who are performing ahead of age-based, grade-level standards.

Company Fails to Return Test Scores for 200,000 Nevada Students

For the second year in a row, Nevada is experiencing serious problems with the online standardized tests given to thousands of public school students. The state is again threatening legal action against the company it paid millions of dollars to administer the tests and return the scores, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

White House Launches $9 Million Grant Contest to Reduce Assessment Burden

The Enhanced Assessment Instruments Grant program is the next step in the president’s action plan to improve the quality of academic assessments.

MasteryConnect Launches Mobile Assessment App

MasteryConnect has launched a new mobile app that will allow teachers to take advantage of its digital assessment platform as they move around the classroom.

KnowledgeWorks, Center for Assessment Launch Site to Prep Ed Leaders for Accountability Pilots

KnowledgeWorks and the National Center for the Improvement of Assessment are launching a new website, innovativeassessments.org, to help education representatives understand the requirements of the applications for the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority.

Instructure, MasteryConnect Partner on Formative Assessments

Instructure and MasteryConnect have partnered in an effort to streamline the use of formative assessments in classrooms that use the Canvas learning management system.

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