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Updated January 17, 2019
Tennessee’s new ed chief says troubleshooting testing is first priority
Penny Schwinn's experience with assessment programs in two other states is a strength in her new role in Tennessee, where test administration has been problematic.
Meaning of measures
September 12, 2018
Passing schools, struggling students: Colorado reconsiders its formula for rating schools
The ratings formula ties into a long-running debate among testing experts about the value of measuring growth versus proficiency.
February 22, 2017
Tennessee will halve science and social studies tests for its youngest students
Responding to complaints of over-testing, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announces plans to slim down assessments for third- and fourth-graders.
October 19, 2016
When you’re in charge of testing in a Colorado school district and your daughter wants to opt out
A Colorado school district official believes that state tests can be a force for equity, but says test-makers are failing their customers.
September 20, 2016
Union pushing more ‘authentic’ assessments in teacher evaluations
What will teacher evaluations look like this year? Details in the city's negotiations with the union are starting to emerge.
February 25, 2016
Landmark Colorado reading law draws kudos, concerns from teachers three years in
Three years in, teachers have very different opinions about how Colorado's early literacy law, the READ Act, is impacting kids.
February 22, 2016
TNReady delay heightens parent concerns, strains lesson plans
Ripples of the botched online rollout of Tennessee's new assessment are felt by students, teachers, parents and other education stakeholders.
February 8, 2016
Ready for TNReady? It starts this week. Here’s what you should know
Beginning this week, Tennessee officially enters a new era of testing as most students in grades 3 to 11 start taking state achievement assessments online.
Assessing the assessment
November 24, 2015
First round of TNReady testing generates mixed forecast for spring
School leaders report few glitches during the first wave of online testing of the TNReady era, but many are concerned that the transition won't be so smooth next spring.
Ready for TNReady?
August 25, 2015
New TNReady test will be harder to ‘game,’ say education officials
Test-taking tips, such as "when in doubt, guess C," soon will be obsolete in Tennessee, at least when it comes to the state's end-of-year standardized assessments.
August 19, 2015
New benchmark assessment tool proposed for Memphis students
Chief Academic Officer Heidi Ramirez wants students to undergo the new assessment three times this school year to measure their academic progress before TNReady.
August 18, 2015
Testing spikes and nosedives: What does it all mean?
With dozens of Tennessee schools logging double-digit test score gains and losses this year, a Vanderbilt researcher warns against drawing quick conclusions.
April 28, 2015
Common questions (and answers) about the future of testing in Tennessee
This time next year, testing at most Tennessee schools will look entirely different from TCAP tests being administered this spring across the state.
April 20, 2015
Tennessee House unanimously approves Common Core compromise
Compromise legislation designed to address Tennessee's emotional debate over whether to keep or scrap the Common Core academic standards passes unanimously in the House of Representatives.
March 24, 2015
Retired military leaders to General Assembly: Stick with Core ‘battle plan’
You can add 13 retired generals and admirals from Tennessee to the list of K-12 educators, superintendents, college presidents and others asking lawmakers to hold off on gutting Common Core.
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