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For California's Artesia High School, New Assessments Provide Less, Not More, Information -- at Least for Now

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In which I continue my quest to find out how expert educators are viewing the new assessments their students are taking. Today, I report on Artesia Hi...

Some Educators Have the Know-How to Turn Schools Around: One High School's Story

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.26.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

When I saw these numbers I was intrigued: 77: Percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals 72: Percent of students who are Hispanic...

Opting Your Kid Out? Part 2

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Last week, I wrote about the value of the information parents receive when their kids take common -- or standardized -- assessments. But I know that...

Educators Face the Next Generation of Tests

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In which I continue my quest to find out how expert educators are viewing the new assessments their students are taking. In previous columns, I shared...

Common Core's Happy Days May Be Here Again

Patte Barth | Posted 02.22.2016 | Education
Patte Barth

Did a relationship ever sour so quickly as the Common Core and public opinion? Back in 2010 when the college- and career-ready standards were shiny an...

What's the Point of PARCC -- or Any Other Test?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

PARCC, of course, is one of the new assessments intended to help inform parents and educators whether students are on track to graduate from high school ready for either college or career training.

New Assessments Like Smarter Balanced Give Educators "The Facts." What Do They Do With Them?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.08.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I have begun a quest to see how expert educators are reacting to the new assessments their students are taking. The new assessments, designed to see if students are on track to be ready for college or careers, have been disconcerting for many educators, parents and the general public.

Expert Educators Use Test Results to Make Improvements

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.01.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

If parents and educators can see the test results as demonstrating the work that needs to be done -- rather than as a pronouncement of doom -- we would be much better off.<

California's Smarter Balanced Results Capture Poverty

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.13.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On September 09, 2015, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released California's Smarter Balanced results, which comprise the largest component of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP).

The PARCC Race to the Top Contract and Its 26 State MOUs

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.03.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

When the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) applied for Race to the Top (RTTT) funding on June 30, 2010, it submitted this 1,609-page application.

U.S. Dept. of Ed Wanted Much More Testing From PARCC and Smarter Balanced

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

That said, I have also looked at the background on the CCSS and federal funding for PARCC and SBAC tests. USDE had a test-funding plan for the CCSS in April 2010, before the CCSS were published in June. By September 2010, grants were awarded to the PARCC and SBAC groups to begin test development at roughly $300 million total.

Students Are Test-Driving New Common Core Exams. You Can Too

| Sarah Garland | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next ...

How Are Schools Harnessing Technology?

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

When it comes to education, the role and effects of technology has been a tough nut to crack. As tomorrow's Digital Learning Day approaches, education groups and officials are offering up their recommendations.

Education 'Insiders' Extremely Skeptical Of Positive Education Reform Post-Election

Posted 11.14.2012 | Education

Education consulting group Whiteboard Advisors recently conducted surveys of 50-75 anonymous political and policy “insiders” prior to and in the a...

Joy Resmovits

New Standardized Tests Behind Schedule: Survey | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.18.2012 | Education

When asked about the problems associated with standardized testing -- cheating, overtesting, blunt measures of student achievement -- U.S. Secretary o...