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April 9, 2018
Concerned about over-testing, Tennessee will eliminate two high school exams
Dropping the two end-of-course tests represents Tennessee's most significant reduction of state-mandated testing in recent years.
Caps and gowns
February 27, 2018
Unsatisfied with Detroit ‘college-readiness’ rate, Vitti lays out ideas for changing the district’s culture
Detroit high school students could soon have access to makeup courses, more guidance counselors, and color-coded wristbands signifying their skills.
January 17, 2018
ACT do-overs pay off for 40 percent of Tennessee high school seniors who tried
The state's $2 million investment in its ACT Retake Day appears to be paying off for a second year in a row.
act for all
July 10, 2017
When states pay for the SAT or ACT, more poor students go to college
New research finds a simple strategy can modestly boost the share of poor students who go on to college: requiring, and paying for, all students to take the ACT or SAT.
July 6, 2017
Weary of stagnant ACT scores, Tennessee is giving all its seniors a second chance to test
The state's inaugural ACT Retake Day a success, state officials are expanding the program to all public high school students in the Class of 2018.
May 18, 2017
How one Memphis charter school’s ACT scores jumped 2.6 points in one year
In Freedom Preparatory Academy's inaugural graduating class, all 50 seniors are headed to college.
April 7, 2017
The new-look SAT is here, ushering in more changes to how Colorado tests kids
The shift from the ACT, to the SAT comes as the state continues to refine its testing system amid a public backlash against standardized tests.
February 14, 2017
Tennessee sees ACT gains after becoming first state to fund retakes for all students
Nearly 26,000 students in the Class of 2017 opted to participate in the state’s first ACT Senior Retake Day, 40 percent of whom increased their scores.
Making the SCORE
February 7, 2017
Seeking to balance reform with stability, SCORE unveils priorities in annual State of Education report
The influential education research and advocacy organization unveils its top three priorities aimed at sustaining Tennessee's academic gains.
October 11, 2016
How Tennessee might drastically change testing, and other potential changes to the state’s schools
State officials share their takeaways from nearly six months of discussions on how Tennessee should adapt to the sweeping new federal education law.
Win a counselor
September 26, 2016
These 30 Tennessee schools are getting new college counselors, courtesy of the governor’s office
Gov. Haslam's new initiative pays for a counselor dedicated to the college process — a luxury at schools where guidance counselors juggle social work, scheduling, and test administration.
September 13, 2016
U.S. education chief to focus on college opportunity in Memphis, where more students are applying but fewer are ready
John King will highlight ways students and parents can access and pay for college when he speaks at a college fair at Craigmont High School.
August 26, 2016
How one Memphis school has been able to do what the state hasn’t with ACT scores
Soulsville Charter School saw its ACT scores jump two points this year, a trend the Tennessee Department of Education would like see statewide.
August 24, 2016
Another year of low ACT scores for black and Hispanic students prompts calls for change
Since 2007, black students have scored several points lower, on average, than every other ethnic group in the state, according to state data.
August 24, 2016
New ACT scores show most Tennessee students still not college ready
The average score for public high school students in 2016 stays steady at 19.4 , about a point below the national average.
until we meet again
August 11, 2016
Colorado’s ACT score hits peak, but changes to high school test are coming
High school juniors will begin taking the SAT college entrance exam next year.
July 20, 2016
Tennessee to cover ACT retakes for all students, but will it boost college access?
More Tennessee students soon will get the chance to retake the ACT test, which could mean the difference between a college scholarship or not going to college at all.
wait a minute
Updated January 11, 2016
Colorado will stick with the ACT one more year before SAT switch
State education officials confirmed a one-year delay in switching to the SAT and provided more detail about the decision to eventually move away from the ACT.
test swap uproar
Updated January 7, 2016
Formal protest of Colorado’s switch from the ACT to SAT falters, but another effort launches
The Colorado Association of School Executives is protesting the state's controversial switch from the ACT to SAT for high-school juniors.
December 23, 2015
Goodbye ACT, hello SAT: a significant change for Colorado high schoolers
The College Board prevails over rival testing giant ACT to provide tests for Colorado sophomores and juniors starting this spring.
December 15, 2015
Testing giants vie to provide Colorado high school exams
The last piece of Colorado’s testing puzzle will fall in place by year’s end when officials decide which tests high school sophomores and juniors will take next spring.
Grading the tests
September 15, 2015
State education task force recommends elimination of some tests, release of TNReady questions
Amid concerns about over-testing and transparency, an 18-member task force recommends that districts eliminate tests and that the state releases test questions annually.
Results are in
September 11, 2015
Colorado ACT test scores remain flat
Colorado high school juniors recorded a composite score of 20.1 on the ACT college readiness test last spring, down from 20.3 in 2014.
September 11, 2015
Find your school’s 2015 ACT scores
Colorado’s ACT college readiness exam scores were flat in 2015. Again. Use this tool to see how your school — and others — performed:…
August 26, 2015
Tennessee’s average ACT scores mostly stagnant
Despite efforts to increase student achievement, the average Tennessee ACT composite score is below the threshold for college readiness.
Ready or not
August 26, 2015
College readiness levels up slightly, new report finds
The percentage of 2015 high school graduates prepared for college is modestly above levels of prior years, according to a new report by the ACT testing organization.
Put to the test
August 5, 2015
Data from ACT and DPS shows that Hispanic students aren’t college ready
A majority of U.S. Hispanic students planned to enroll in college last year, but nearly half weren’t ready for college level courses, according to a report from ACT.
July 29, 2015
State officials walk fine line of praising test scores and bracing for drops next year
Even as state education officials release an upbeat assessment of the latest TCAP results, they are bracing for falling scores next year under a new state test.
March 11, 2015
Legislative panel says Tennessee students must continue taking ACT test
A bill that would allow Tennessee eleventh-graders to forego the ACT exam causes debate and even tears during a House education subcommittee.
February 11, 2015
Senators back a bill that could end Indiana's testing woes — by dumping ISTEP
If Republicans in the Indiana Senate get their way, Hoosiers will never have to fight about ISTEP again. That’s because Senate Bill 566, which passed…
August 20, 2014
ACT scores in Tenn. rise, but most students still far from college-ready
Tennessee’s ACT scores improved more last year than they have for a decade, the state department of education announced Tuesday. Tennessee’s composite ACT score…
August 20, 2014
Indiana ACT scores still down from 2012, but beat U.S. average
Indiana high school graduates who took the ACT in 2014 did slightly better than last year’s graduates, but their average score is still behind where…
January 15, 2014
Common Core's fate murkier after Pence's speech
Did Gov. Mike Pence telegraph the end of Common Core standards in Indiana during his state of the state speech? That’s what a couple key…
November 13, 2013
State releases redesigned school report card
The state released a new school report card today that includes a college and career readiness section. The Tennessee Department of Education said they wanted…
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