The Rhode Island Department of Education recently released rankings for the state's middle schools. In Providence, this disturbing news has caused some school administrators to bang their heads and, in some instances, wring their hands in disbelief and frustration. They are trying to figure out what went wrong and why did the number of schools facing sanction and corrective action dramatically increase in the city of Providence.
The No Child Left Behind Act has spawned new opportunities—and challenges—for an increasingly diverse testing industry.
With all of the federal law’s testing requirements, the Government Accountability Office estimates that states will have to spend between $1.9 billion and $5.3 billion in the next six years, depending on the types of tests used.
That prospect has led to new openings both for traditional test publishers—li...
A s a professional in the field of educational testing, I have reached the end of my rope when it comes to the obsession we have with standardized testing in our schools.
I'm not opposed to this testing if it's used correctly, but we've reached new levels of absurdity. We have been carrying out this obsessive testing ritual at several levels over the decades: ranking states on SAT scores, statewide tests, national assessments, international assessments, all...
A state plan to crack down on school districts that receive money for home schooling could require hundreds of students to take a standardized test.BEND, Ore. (AP) -
The Oregon Department of Education policy change will require home-schooled students to take the Oregon Statewide Assessment test if they receive tutoring or take special classes in reading and literature, math or science that are paid for by public schools.
State and federal laws on how to test special education students are on a collision course in Texas, stumping school leaders who must meet contradictory demands and parents who want to know how well schools are performing.
About 9 percent of the nearly 2.9 million Texas children in the third through eleventh grades were given an alternate test to the more rigorous Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, k...