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Toward a Saner View of Text Complexity

As happened a few years ago, when eighth grade students took to Facebook to share reactions to a nonsensical passage about a talking pineapple from the New York State ELA test, this year’s Common Core-aligned test made it into the news again for another Facebook incident. 14 more words

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PARCC Testing in a Prince George's County High School

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how today’s standardized testing schedules can impact student morale and classroom instruction. However, the problem goes deeper than just the individual student or even classroom. 597 more words


Officials: Maryland Students Will Take Fewer Tests Next Year

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland school leaders have decided to lower the number of standardized tests students will have to take next year.

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More Testing Reduction For Colorado Pupils

DENVER (AP) – Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to… 538 more words


PARCC States Vote to Shorten Test Time and Simplify Test Administration

An update from the PARCC website.

Washington, DC (May 21, 2015) — The PARCC Governing Board, made up of the state education commissioners and superintendents, voted Wednesday to consolidate the two testing windows into one and to reduce total test time by about 90 minutes beginning in the 2015-16 school year.   31 more words

In The Media

Disgraced Former Fox Superintendent Hired by Pearson Education

One would think that allegations of defamatory online comments directed at parents, misuse of district credit cards, securing overpaid, unsupervised jobs and scholarships for one’s own children, hiring cronies, misuse of district property, … 502 more words


Colorado School Testing Reduction Signed Into Law

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed off on two bills reducing the number of statewide standardized tests given to school children. 112 more words