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August 27, 2018
The ‘puzzling’ case of Denver’s unusually low ninth-grade PSAT scores
“Same classrooms, same teachers,” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said. “This year, different assessment – and their growth fell off a cliff.”
state test results
August 16, 2018
With accelerated growth in literacy and math, Denver students close in on state averages
Still, fewer than half of Denver students in grades three through eight met state expectations in literacy, and only about a third met them in math.
July 16, 2018
Regents use annual retreat to take stock of changes in testing, charter schools and more
The briefings served as a distillation of some top policy goals among the Board of Regents.
June 19, 2018
Inside a Bronx middle school where students rarely apply to attend specialized high schools
If the plan becomes a reality, schools such as New Venture theoretically have the most to gain. But the proposal would do little to solve the most entrenched challenges that have kept students from schools such as New Venture out of specialized high schools for so long.
April 23, 2018
Tennessee says its online testing was hacked. And it has happened in other states, too.
Attacks on online testing systems and on school networks, in general, are relatively common, said Doug Levin, president of EdTech Strategies.
April 20, 2018
Now that TNReady scores will count less for students, will they even try?
In sum, one Memphis sophomore asked, “Why are we doing this anymore when know it won’t count?”
a long long way to go
April 13, 2018
Concerns about long days add to a bumpy week for New York state tests
The state’s English tests, which were supposed to take on average 60 to 90 minutes to complete, took some students three to six hours to complete.
Updated April 11, 2018
Delays with computer-based state tests cause headaches at some New York schools
Wednesday’s hiccup could make the switch to computer-based testing more difficult.
April 10, 2018
New York state tests start this week. Here’s what you need to know.
In response to concerns about the length of the tests, the state cut English and math tests to two days each this year, dropping one testing day from each subject.
April 6, 2018
Basketball, concerts and now … charter school testing rallies? Success Academy takes over the Barclays Center
Success Academy, the city’s largest and most controversial charter school network, held its annual ‘Slam the Exam’ event at the Barclays Center on Friday.
April 5, 2018
Opt-out families respond to Carranza’s statement that boycotting tests is an ‘extreme reaction’
Chancellor Richard Carranza said the choice to skip the test was an “extreme reaction” during an interview on NY1.
October 19, 2017
In Tennessee’s turnaround district, 9 in 10 young students fall short on their first TNReady exams
Nine out of 10 of elementary- and middle-school students in Tennessee’s turnaround district aren’t scoring on grade level in English and math, new data says.
Looking for bright spots
August 30, 2017
Memphis high schools see lowest scores rise, but few students are passing
Memphis high schoolers who are failing state tests are improving in most subjects — one of a few silver linings amid mostly gloomy results for Shelby County Schools.
August 22, 2017
New York’s state test scores are coming out today. Here’s what we’ll be watching for.
Because the tests themselves held steady between 2016 and 2017, the test scores will provide a brief glimpse into whether students are making progress.
July 11, 2017
Critics call NY state’s plans to rate schools based on racial, ethnic group performance ‘dangerous’ and ‘confusing’
New York state’s proposed rating system for reporting on how well schools serve specific “subgroups” sends the wrong message, some advocates say, by creating uneven…
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