Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


Testing Bill of Rights Sees Thousands of Signatures in First 2 Weeks

Amidst standardized testing season, a petition calling for better, fairer and fewer tests in schools is quickly gaining support.

Hit by Testing Provider Outages, Alaska Cancels Online Assessments

Alaska is dumping this year's online assessments for its students after continued technical problems plagued the exam process. The maelstrom began when a major fiber cable was damaged by a backhoe on a university campus in Kansas where Alaska's testing provider is located.

Report: Standards Vary Widely Among States

Achievement standards vary widely from state to state, despite the promise of greater uniformity that helped to usher in the Common Core State Standards, according to a new report from the American Institutes for Research.

Report: PARCC and Smarter Balanced Get High Marks

The seven states that have dropped the use of Smarter Balanced or PARCC tests may want to reconsider their decision. A two-year study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has found that the assessments developed under those two state consortia do the best at matching the content and depth goals laid out by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) for English language arts/literacy and math.

CAP Report Calls for Better, Fairer and Fewer Standardized Tests

As CAP notes in "Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act," the changes introduced by ESSA may have reduced "the level of angst regarding testing among teachers and parents," but they won't "necessarily lead to better outcomes for students."

NCSC, Breakthrough Technologies Unveil Alternate Assessment Platform

The National Center and State Collaborative and Breakthrough Technologies have developed an online delivery platform for a new alternate assessment program for students with cognitive disabilities.

What's Hot, What's Not in 2016

Our expert panelists weigh in on education technology to give us their verdict on which approaches to tech-enabled learning will have a major impact, which ones are stagnating and which ones might be better forgotten entirely.

Maine Taps Private Partner for State Testing

"eMPower Maine," that state's new name for its educational assessments, will be developed by Measured Progress for grades 3-8.

Louisiana To Try Blend of PARCC and State-Developed Assessments

Louisiana will be a pioneer in the use of PARCC's new flexible model of assessment. The state's Department of Education recently decided to use content from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to make up just under half of the content for its summative tests in this school year.

Teachers of the Year: Online Assessments Improvement over Previous State Tests

When the best teachers in the country compare the online assessments built around the Common Core State Standards to prior state assessments, they've agreed that the new tests from PARCC and Smarter Balanced are better. That's the conclusion in a new report issued by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year.

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