Articles: Assessment

Longer School Year Helps Turn the Tide

Balsz (Ariz.) Elementary School District, the first school district in Arizona to adopt a 200-day calendar, is reporting impressive academic improvements after only one year.

Admission Tests Produce Inaccurate Data when Measuring Student Achievement

States using college admission tests such as the SAT or ACT for measuring achievement of state learning standards are being cautioned to rethink using tests in this manner.

Seeking Tangible Results for Effective Teaching

Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools embarks on its second year of collecting data for grant project from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Two Consortia of States Win Race to the Top Funds

The U.S. Department of Education has earmarked $350 million in Race to the Top grants for states to develop new assessments for the Common Core Standards.

Harvard Study Examines Teacher Effectiveness

A new study reveals that teacher effectiveness is not only unrelated to the college the teacher attended, but also that teacher effectiveness peaks after 10 years.

Gearing Up for the New Assessment

The next generation of standardized testing will focus on critical thinking skills.

Reforms Aplenty

In just one year, there have been more education reforms proposed and enacted than in the preceding decade.

The Next Generation of Science Standards

As the nation prepares for common core standards in math and English language arts, a framework to guide new science standards is getting closer.

Despite the Headlines, College Acceptance Is Not More Competitive

The perception that a college applicant faces more challenges each year may be nothing more than mere myth, according to new study.

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