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Standardized Tests
For some, high school exit exam 'unfair'
North County Times

LAKE ELSINORE ---- As the clock ticks toward the spring of 2006 and the day when all students must pass the high school exit exam to receive their high school diplomas, Candi Cissel worries that her 17-year-old daughter, Danielle, won't make the cut.

Danielle is a special education student at Elsinore High School and has a mild form of autism, Cissel said. But under the current rules, Danielle will have to take ...
State finds MAP standard glitch
Columbia Daily Tribune
Statistical error lifts Columbia schools.

By MEGAN MEANS of the Tribune’s staff

Five Columbia public schools have been removed from the list of schools that missed yearly progress goals on the 2004 Missouri Assessment Program test after state education officials discovered a statistical error.

The updates moved three local elementary schools off the state’s list of schools facing penalties under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Augusta schools craft plans to deal with state, federal test...
Waynesboro News-Virginian
By BOB STUART The News Virginian

Improvement plans for those Augusta County schools that failed to meet full SOL accreditation and adequate yearly progress on the No Child Left Behind federal law will go before the Augusta County School Board tonight.

Pam Ungar, the system’s assistant superintendent for instruction, said both the state and federal governments require such plans.

Riverheads Elementary and the county’s three middle scho...
Schools consider relief for test time
Albany Times-Union
Proposed online scoring system could help state's districts cope with growing mandate

By RICK KARLIN, Staff writer

ALBANY Facing a mandate to triple the number of exams it must give and score each year, the state Education Department is considering a plan to scan elementary and middle school tests into a vast computer bank, which would allow teachers to digitally score them over the Internet.

They are hoping this would prevent a worsen...
Teachers say SOLs can provide a road map for the curriculum
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
By JON W. GLASS, The Virginian-Pilot
October 30, 2004

Camille Riek’s U.S. history students bobbed their heads as Neil Diamond’s “America” blared from speakers in her classroom at Norfolk’s Norview High School. Images of explorers and colonists appeared on a screen. Captions outlining major themes of settling the New World faded in and out.

Within four minutes, Riek’s home made PowerPoint show had hit on key topics for the first weeks of school. Any of it coul...
State may try Spanish standardized tests
Marin Independent Journal
One way to keep pace with No Child Left Behind
By Andrea Almond

LOS ANGELES - In Texas, a Spanish-speaking student can take standardized tests in that language for up to three years to satisfy the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

In California, students don't have that option. State law requires all students to take standardized tests in English, regardless of how long they've been in this country.

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