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April 10, 2019

Arizona schools at risk of losing federal funds over standardized tests

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has denied Arizona’s request for a waiver to that law to allow the state to implement its “menu of assessments." ED will withhold upwards of $300 million of Arizona’s school funding if Arizona continues to allow schools to choose their own standardized tests for students.

March 27, 2019

Michigan changes testing for eighth-graders

In April, the College Board’s PSAT 8/9 test will replace the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress in math and English Language Arts, known as M-STEP, designed to measure how well students are mastering state standards. PSAT is the practice version of the SAT, which students take in the 11th grade during the college admissions process.

February 8, 2019

3 Takeaways From the 2018 AP Results and a Heads Up: Register Early Next Year

This article explores the key takeaways from the 2018 Advanced Placement (AP) results. The College Board is changing the test-registration date, from spring to fall (Nov. 15) starting 2019-2020 school year. The 2018 AP results indicate that schools with the early test registration date have seen increased participation, especially from underrepresented students. Data from The College Board also shows the AP Computer Science Principles Test experiencing a 135% increase since its launch in 2006 as well as increased participation in AP Capstone courses.

January 14, 2019

Streamlined student testing to be instituted in New Mexico

A week after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order ending the statewide use of reading and math proficiency exams known as PARCC, the Public Education Department said schools will be administering new tests this spring. The new exams, called the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment of Mathematics and English Language Arts are reported to shorten students’ test time in each subject area by 1 to 1.5 hours, or about 30 percent. The spring tests will be a sort of stopgap to fulfill federal requirements until the state develops a wholly new system of evaluating students.

January 7, 2019

States Allowed to Try More Than One Test as Part of Innovative Assessment Pilot?

According to a December message from federal officials to the Georgia Department of Education, state officials who are thinking about applying for ESSA’s Innovative Assessment pilot program “don’t have to pick just one exam for your test drive—but you do have to end up with a single test in the end.” The news that more than one test is allowed in the initial phases of the pilot “is a potential game-changer for states who want in on the pilot but haven’t settled on an assessment for every district to use.” However, it is unclear if this approach adheres to existing ESSA regulations on piloting a single innovative assessment system.

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