Articles: Testing

El Paso's Big STEPS Forward

The turnaround in El Paso (Texas) Independent School District has been striking.

A Humble, Small Learning Communitiiy

As enrollment increased rapidly in the Humble (Texas) Independent School District, administrators found a way to keep standards high.

Is the Reauthorization of ESEA in Sight?

Roughly 82 percent of schools will face sanctions for failing to make AYP under the current regulations of NCLB.

High Stakes Cheating

Under increasing pressure to raise scores or risk losing their jobs, some teachers and administrators are being pushed over the edge.

Changing Places and Changing Paces

As creative as a superintendent may be, education reform is limited by state infrastructure.

Off the Record: What "No Child" Leaves Behind

After nine years of terrorizing schools nationwide, NCLB is about to be reformed, but even more importantly, renamed.

The United States Receives Average Rankings from PISA

The United States remained just average in reading and science, while lagging a bit in mathematics, according to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results.

A Call for Technology Leadership

New recommendations urge every superintendent to have a technology strategy—or risk falling behind.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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