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Eight States Have Fewer Than 10 Girls Take AP Computer Science Exam

More girls are taking the annual AP computer science exam, but boys still outnumber girls when it comes to taking the test. In fact, fewer than 10 girls took the May 2016 exam in eight states, and not a single female took the test in Mississippi and Montana.

Study: U.S. Fourth and Eighth Graders Score Higher in Math and Science

American fourth and eighth graders are scoring better in math than they did in 1995, according to a new study released Tuesday. The results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), issued by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), also show some improvements over time in science among fourth and eighth graders.

Report: Many High School Graduates Want to Pursue STEM Careers but are Unprepared for STEM College Courses

While many 2016 high school graduates are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors and careers, few of those students are well prepared to succeed in first-year college STEM courses. These findings emerge from the latest edition of ACT’s annual STEM report, “The Condition of STEM 2016,” which was released Thursday.

Smarter Balanced Assessments to Offer Lexile, Quantile Measures

MetaMetrics is partnering with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to link the Lexile Framework for Reading and the Quantile Framework for Mathematics to the Smarter Balanced online assessment system.

Report: States Need to Improve High School Accountability Systems

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has created an opportunity for states to overhaul their high school accountability systems, but most are not taking advantage of that opportunity, according to a new report from Fordham Institute.

Boston Schools Partners with Formative Assessment Provider

Boston Public Schools has selected a new partner to provide formative assessment resources in an effort to better support student instruction.

NWEA Aligns MAP for Science With Next Generation Standards

The Northwest Evaluation Association has aligned its Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) for Science assessment with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Report: Charter Schools Saw Higher Ratio of Proficiency on State Tests

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has found in a new report that, in school districts where at least 30 percent of students were enrolled in charter schools, nearly all had a higher percentage of students who scored proficient on state tests than their counterparts in traditional public schools.

College Board Says SATs Didn't Include Questions Exposed in Breach

The nonprofit College Board, which administers the SAT, said no version of the standardized test given this past weekend contained any of the 400 unpublished questions that were exposed in a massive security breach that occurred earlier this year.

12 Tennessee School Districts Pilot Online Assessment Platform

In Tennessee, 12 school districts and 9,000-plus students throughout the Volunteer State piloted Nextera, an online assessment platform from the state’s testing vendor Questar, in an effort to ensure schools can administer state tests online next year.

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