Testing

5/13/2013

5/13/2013

Ignoring a problem has never made it go away. But that’s exactly what some are suggesting Gov. Paul LePage and the Maine Department of Education do after our new A-F grade system was announced last week.

5/8/2013

5/8/2013

Two decades ago, Texas became ground zero for the accountability movement in public education. Now, after a revolt by teachers and parents who claim that high-stakes testing is ruining classroom instruction, the legislature is poised to undo many of its own reforms. Does anyone have the right answer?

5/7/2013

5/7/2013

The proliferation of cellphones and their potential use for cheating has prompted heightened security measures on this year's administration of standardized tests in California schools.

5/6/2013

5/6/2013

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Education Department sent an email to testing coordinators on Saturday saying that ACT Inc. was suspending the online system on Monday.

5/2/2013

5/2/2013

They may have answered more questions right than they did last year, but the state has changed scoring standards, and many may have found that their rating dropped from "advanced" to "proficient," or "proficient" to "basic."

5/1/2013

5/1/2013

School testing came to a halt statewide early Monday because the CTB/McGraw-Hill testing company servers in New Jersey crashed around 9 a.m., state education officials said.

5/1/2013

Multiple Indiana schools are suspending ISTEP+ testing for the day after students experienced problems with the testing website. “Kids are getting kicked out of their testing procedure, then when we try to get them back in, there are long waits,” says Brad Schuldt, superintendent of Culver Community Schools.

4/30/2013

4/30/2013

For me, the bigger questions remain the value of standardized tests in the education of children, especially the impact they have on what gets taught, how it is taught, and how learning is accurately measured.

4/29/2013

4/29/2013

Critics say the standardized test-driven reforms pushed by those like Michelle Rhee may actually be harming students.

4/25/2013

4/25/2013

This high-stakes testing has enormous implications for teachers and entire school communities as well. Mayor Bloomberg has repeatedly and publicly called for teachers to be evaluated based on these test scores.

4/24/2013

4/24/2013

Intensive work is being done across the district to remediate children affected by allegations of forged test scores as well as those who have simply fallen behind.

4/24/2013

Texas public schools are set to face a tweaked accountability system for 2013 that will continue to grade schools largely on test scores but also will highlight improvement on the state exams.

4/23/2013

4/23/2013

Bill Gates’ faith in test scores as indicators of effectiveness makes it clear that he buys the conventional wisdom that the teacher’s role is to “deliver information.” But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong?

4/16/2013

4/16/2013

Susan Grobsmith’s children will slide the state English exam back across the desk when their teachers hand them out Tuesday. The three children in grades four through eight at West Genesee will fold their hands in their laps and politely refuse to take the standardized test.

4/15/2013

4/15/2013

The memo notes that nearly all of the teachers at one Washington elementary school had students whose test papers showed high numbers of wrong-to-right erasures and asks, "Could a separate person have been responsible?"

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