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.
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.
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.
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.
New Mexico’s new governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham signed executive orders to suspend and replace the controversial PARCC test, the standardized exam used in schools to evaluate students and teachers. PARCC was implemented in the state under former governor Susana Martinez and Hanna Skandera, the former secretary for public education in New Mexico, who were supporters of high-stakes tests to evaluate students and teachers. Grisham’s move was the second hit that PARCC sustained this week after The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state could not use PARCC as a requirement for graduation from high school graduation.