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Schools are put to the test... and fail
Bennington Banner
11.18.04

Tests are a way of life. From the tryout on the athletic field to every U.S. K-12 classroom to the SSATs and GREs for college and post-graduate degrees, people are tested every day. Musicians, artists and actors audition and show portfolios and employees are expected to meet performance goals to keep their jobs, get raises and get promoted.

The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union - Vermont's largest school district - once again earned the alarming honor of ...
 
National Math Test Too Easy, Study Says
KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver
11.18.04

WASHINGTON -- The national test of student math skills is filled with easy questions, raising doubts about recent gains in achievement tests, a study contends.

On the eighth-grade version of the test, almost 40 percent of the questions address skills taught in first or second grade, according to the report by Tom Loveless, director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at The Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

The test for fou...
 
Tests of Youngest English-Learners Spark Controversy
Education Week
By Mary Ann Zehr 11.17.04

At a time when many states are poised to roll out new standardized tests to evaluate English-language proficiency in unprecedented depth, California is balking at carrying out a federal requirement to test the literacy of young children who are learning English.

In a unanimous vote last week, the California board of education decided to ask the U.S. Department of Education to exempt the state’s English-language learners in kindergarten and...
 
Educators question effectiveness of new exam plan
MSNBC (Local News)
By Michelle Hatfield/Staff writer Santa Maria Times
11.16.04

Recognizing its tough standards, California may start administering standardized tests in Spanish to help schools with high percentages of English-language learners meet federal accountability demands.

Because the Santa Maria Valley has a high number of students whose primary language is Spanish, local educators are keeping track of the plans -- but they question whether such changes would be effect...
 
Bismarck school officials seek to increase student test scor...
Grand Forks Herald
Associated Press
11.9.04

BISMARCK, N.D. - School officials here want to increase students' reading and math scores to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind law.

School board members have unanimously approved the two-year program improvement plan that is required by the state Department of Public Instruction. It calls for increased parent involvement, teacher training and the use of test scores to identify where students lag.

The district...
 
SOL progress hasn't meant greater overall student achievemen...
Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
If the SOL are so grand, why aren't other achievement scores rising?
11.7.04

BEDFORD--We keep hearing from the governor, from his appointees charged with creating and keeping the SOL testing program going, and from pro-SOL journalists, that the SOL program is working and that feared negative effects haven't materialized.

No one wishes this were so more than those of us with kids still in public schools. But wishing--and spinning with selected statistics--does...
 
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