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  • 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.

  • PARCC Releases Huge Sampling of Test Items and Scoring Rubrics

    The states that make up the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have released test questions from this year's PARCC assessments to allow teachers and parents to see just exactly what makes up the online tests.

Policy Update

  • Northwest Evaluation Association Selected To Deliver 2016 OECD Test for Schools

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has selected the Northwest Evaluation Association to deliver the 2016 OECD Test for Schools in the United States and serve as the international assessment platform provider for the rest of the world beginning in the fall of 2016.

  • Teacher Prep Gets Major Funding from Gates Foundation

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed grants of $34.7 million over three years to help set up five teacher preparation transformation centers around the country that will bring together people from universities, teacher-preparation providers and K-12 school systems to share data, knowledge and best practices.

  • Research: Teacher Evaluation Regs Still Need Rebooting

    A non-partisan research and policy organization has found that while most states require the inclusion of student growth and achievement to be factored into teacher and principal job evaluations, figuring out how to implement that is a challenge.