Testing

6/20/2013

6/20/2013
The program’s website lists several areas in which preschool children are assessed, including language and mathematical development, physical skills and social interaction.

6/19/2013

6/19/2013
For the second year in a row, the Florida Board of Education may tweak the state’s accountability standards on the eve of the release of school grades.

6/17/2013

6/17/2013
Those are some of the findings from a new report highlighting the conditions facing most Milwaukee students — a report that is the first product of an effort aimed at drawing together major players in the city's education, business and nonprofit scenes to work across sectors and improve outcomes for all the city's children.
6/17/2013
According to the Nation's Report Card, the majority of students in New York are not proficient in reading and math. The achievement gaps are vast.

6/14/2013

6/14/2013
Here's a multiple-choice question: If the federal government penalizes states where pupils do badly in school, but lets the states themselves set the pass mark, will the states a) make the tests harder; or b) dumb them down?

6/12/2013

6/12/2013
The nonprofit assessment and analytics organization – also called ACT – announced last week that it will take its flagship test online in 2015. Students shouldn't toss their bubbled answer sheets just yet, though. ACT will pilot the online delivery in select high schools before making it available for all test takers.
6/12/2013
Any educator will tell you that scoring essays on a standardized test is one of the most time-consuming parts of the process. The E-Rater (one type of robo reader) is an automated reader than can supposedly grade thousands of essays in mere seconds. The only problem with this program is that it cannot discriminate truth from fiction.

6/11/2013

6/11/2013
In April, some 1.2 million New York students took their first Common Core State Standards tests, which are supposed to assess their knowledge and thinking. The first wave of exams was so overwhelming that some parents refused to let their children take the test.

6/7/2013

6/7/2013
Raleigh Public school students take too many tests, Gov. Pat McCrory told education leaders Wednesday, and the state needs to figure out how to lighten the load. During a meeting with the State Board of Education, McCrory said he has instructed his new senior education adviser, Eric Guckian, to identify which tests are unnecessary and report back by the end of the summer.

6/5/2013

6/5/2013
Results of the 2012-2013 national occupational competency exams show that almost 89 percent of seniors at York County School of Technology who were tested scored either "competent" or "advanced," exceeding the national standard of 72 percent and the state average of 82 percent for career and tech ed high schools.

5/28/2013

5/28/2013

Fewer than 60 percent of Florida’s third-graders — 57 percent — are reading at or above grade level, according to FCAT results released Friday morning. The figure represents a slight increase from last year’s 56 percent.

5/17/2013

5/17/2013
S.C high school students would no longer have to pass an exit exam to graduate if a state House bill becomes law – welcome news for the thousands of students who struggle year after year to pass both the test’s math and English sections.
5/17/2013
While data gained via standardized tests like NJASK may be extremely helpful, especially when paired with other data points, the over-emphasis on such testing is a classic example of how state and federal mandates are threatening to completely bypass local control.

5/16/2013

5/16/2013
What makes the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) inappropriate as a tool for 4K students? The test takes a minimum of 45 minutes of one-on-one testing per child. It has no applicability to children who are learning English. Centers will “teach to the test.”

5/15/2013

5/15/2013
High schools in Seattle won’t have to give the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests starting next fall, the latest development in the testing controversy that has drawn national attention after starting in January at Garfield High School.

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