- SD New Accountability System
State BOE votes in favor of replacing NCLB with new method. Received fed waiver. Explores target goals and how would work, including standardized tests to measure student achievement, plus union opposition.
Aug 24, 2:57 PM:
- Schools Meeting Goals
WV DOE says 57% of state schools hit fed standards this year, up from 50% in 2011. Looks at changes in scores needed for proficiency and notes improvements in reading and language skills.
Aug 24, 1:33 PM:
- NC District Scores In
ACT results for Guilford Co. show seniors results slightly below state and national averages. Describes use of exam to predict college readiness and belief Common Core Standards will improve performance.
Aug 24, 12:24 PM:
- MS Educator Fired
Meridian HS teacher loses job after state and local investigation of testing violation. Explores apparent sharing of previous exam with students and actions of school leadership.
Aug 24, 12:12 PM:
- Super On Vouchers, Reading
IN building reading system so teachers view it as K-12 program, not just a worry of 3rd grade when state requires kids to pass reading test (85% did this year). Voucher program, doubled from last year, another way to boost >
Aug 24, 5:57 AM:
- Test Status Quo
WV students scored average of 20.6 on ACT -- same as last year and also slightly below the national average. Notes increase in number taking exam. Breaks out Cabell Co. results and figures for some subjects.
Aug 23, 2:03 PM:
- Scores In Right Direction
District shows improvements in reading and math for grade-school kids, but continue to fall behind neighboring NB. Focus also is on instruction in upper grades, their courses, sequences, time on task.
Aug 23, 1:39 PM:
- SC District Raises Bar
Newberry Co. students must meet Common Core Standards this year. Describes teacher training, emphasis on English and math as well as changes in other subjects.
Aug 23, 1:16 PM:
- Educator Challenges VA Changes
Retired Portsmouth teacher harshly criticizes state's new, lower achievement goals for black and Latino students. Column includes negative reactions, concerns raised by politicians and implications of decision.
Aug 23, 12:52 PM:
- Educator Effectiveness
CO bill to increase faculty/admin effectiveness takes root in local district where Super details new plans, including more rigorous academic standards/assessments and new teacher evals.
Aug 23, 11:37 AM:
- CA Districts Score
First time is charm for Palo Alto and Mountain View-Los Altos students as most pass exit exam on initial try. Numbers provided and comparison with peers in rest of state.
Aug 23, 11:23 AM:
- ACT Scores
Slight increase in ACT scores in 2 IA towns. While state tests measure how students do according to state standards, ACT measures college readiness.
Aug 22, 3:49 PM:
- DE Tracking Performance
State officials use part of $119M RttT money for new tool allowing teacher to monitor how students are doing academically. Brief description availability to trads and charters and type of info provided.
Aug 22, 11:16 AM:
- OR ACT Results
OR students score slightly above national average, but score breakdown indicates large achievement gap between minorities and white students. General talk of improvement and college readiness strings stats together.
Aug 22, 10:58 AM:
- FCAT Reflections
FL Gov's ad about testing says testing changes coming after listening to parents and teachers about FCAT. Not much on new test, but gives background on FCAT potential political motivation behind Gov's statements. >
Aug 22, 10:21 AM:
- MS Trend Not Changing
Most all students took ACT, but they didn't perform as well as peers nationwide with percentage meeting key benchmarks lowest in country. Notes scores haven't shifted significantly in last 5 years, but higher number taking exam >
Aug 22, 10:10 AM:
- IA Good Scores
State students who took ACT performed better than their peers nationwide, earning composite of 22.1 compared to national average of 21.1. Describes what exam measures and notes efforts to increase number taking exam.
Aug 22, 9:51 AM:
- ACT Update
ACT saw most scores this year hold steady, with slight rise in math/science, despite widening pool of test takers. Focus on STEM in certain states plus common core surmised as reason. Still college readiness not strong.
Aug 22, 7:58 AM:
- ACT Data Disappointing
Little gain seen in MO or KS on ACT scores and achievement gap persists. Higher scores noted on state tests because curriculum is aligned to them. Common core expected to change focus to college readiness.
Aug 22, 7:05 AM: