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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.

March 20, 2019

A Consumer’s Guide to Testing under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What Can the Common Core and Other ESSA Assessments Tell Us?

A “consumer’s guide” from Professor Madhabi Chatterji explains how best to apply information from the adopted tests with a mind to their design and with close attention to their purposes, technical merits and limitations. The guide draws on best practice guidelines in the 2014 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, combined with published recommendations of selected professional associations, educational researchers, educational leaders and practitioners to elaborate on the problem, and to provide guidelines, examples and recommendations.

March 19, 2019

Everything you should know about Rhode Island's next education commissioner

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced on March 18, Angélica Infante-Green has been nominated as Rhode Island's next commissioner of education, replacing Commissioner Ken Wagner, who is leaving the job to become a senior fellow for education policy and practice at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. If the confirmation process goes as planned, Infante-Green should begin her new position on April 29.

March 19, 2019

Next batch of NM education changes are on the way

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced that the state's standardized testing and teacher evaluations will be getting a makeover. The state agency is seeking public input for updates and ideas on how to measure the proficiency of students and teachers, PARCC for testing and NM Teach for the evaluations were also included in survey rollout to the public earlier this month. New Mexico plans to submit the proposed amendments received during the feedback period in its ESSA state plan to the U.S. Department of Education towards the end of April.

March 19, 2019

Governors are putting greater support behind education at every age level

Seth Gerson, the lead education policy director at National Governors Association, described the new class of governors as uniquely education-focused, whether it be on early-childhood education or workforce growth. At the conference, Gerson mentioned the governors' plan to invest in technical education, expanding the programs for career pathways and STEM, as well as making technology access a key priority through providing computer science training.

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