Common Core State Standards, Accountability & Assessment


Turnitin Launches Feedback Studio

A revamped version of Turnitin’s flagship product focuses on feedback over plagiarism.

Washington District Adopts Adaptive Assessment Platform

Washington's Tacoma Public Schools has selected a new math and reading assessment system for students in grades K-10.

ACT and Kaplan collaborate to Make Test Prep Live, Free

ACT, Inc., maker of the ACT test, and Kaplan Test Prep are partnering to create the only online ACT preparation program with live instruction from teachers. It will be free for qualified students.

Automated Engines Score Essays Like Humans

A study from the PARCC found that essays graded by computers matched those of humans based on various performance metrics.

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.

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