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September 25, 2018
Three things to watch as the release of New York’s test scores draws near
This year, as in the past, the numbers will not be directly comparable to the previous year because of changes to the test itself.
to the races
September 19, 2018
Jia Lee, a special education teacher and union gadfly, wants to be New York’s next lieutenant governor
With 18 years in the classroom, special education teacher Jia Lee has seen a lot of change. Now, she wants to be the…
September 14, 2018
New York officials soften potential penalties for schools where many students opt out of tests
Under the initial rules, districts that had high opt-out rates for five years could have to set aside Title I funding, which is earmarked for high-poverty schools.
June 7, 2018
Fact checking the Colorado governor’s race: The truth behind 5 claims dividing Democratic contenders
As the Colorado Democratic primary nears, candidates for governor are using old education positions to highlight small policy differences.
The Colorado Way
May 7, 2018
Feds approve Colorado’s education plan after multiple revisions, but critics see more work to do
Colorado wanted to use its state accountability system to meet federal requirements, but ultimately the two were not entirely compatible.
a long long way to go
April 13, 2018
Concerns about long days add to a bumpy week for New York state tests
The state’s English tests, which were supposed to take on average 60 to 90 minutes to complete, took some students three to six hours to complete.
April 10, 2018
New York state tests start this week. Here’s what you need to know.
In response to concerns about the length of the tests, the state cut English and math tests to two days each this year, dropping one testing day from each subject.
April 5, 2018
Opt-out families respond to Carranza’s statement that boycotting tests is an ‘extreme reaction’
Chancellor Richard Carranza said the choice to skip the test was an “extreme reaction” during an interview on NY1.
Carrots and sticks
February 8, 2018
No pizza parties, no raffle tickets: Bill would bar Colorado schools from offering rewards to test-takers
State lawmakers characterized the problem of schools dangling rewards for taking assessments as “more than one, but not widespread.”
January 19, 2018
Why one Harvard professor calls American schools’ focus on testing a ‘charade’
Harvard professor Daniel Koretz is on a mission: to convince policymakers that standardized tests have been widely misused.
September 13, 2017
How should Colorado respond to federal concerns about its testing opt-out policy? State board members don’t agree.
The Colorado State Board of Education will vote next month on direction for whether to change the state's ESSA plan or not, and if so how.
August 22, 2017
New York’s state test scores are coming out today. Here’s what we’ll be watching for.
Because the tests themselves held steady between 2016 and 2017, the test scores will provide a brief glimpse into whether students are making progress.
a plan emerges
July 17, 2017
Student suspensions will now be used in New York state’s revised plan to evaluate schools
On Monday, education officials released revisions to their draft Every Student Succeeds Act plan.
May 9, 2017
TNReady took almost twice as long as Tennessee tests in 2012. Here’s why.
Elementary and middle school students took about eight hours of end-of-year tests this year, an amount consistent with national trends toward longer tests.
a new face
April 11, 2017
For the first time, the state teachers union will be headed by a New York City educator
"We’re going to play a role in pretty much everything."
By the numbers
March 29, 2017
Early reports indicate New York opt-out rates are decreasing statewide, a possible sign of eased tension
The number of families refusing to take the controversial tests seems to have decreased slightly in Rochester, the Hudson Valley, Buffalo and Albany.
on the record
March 28, 2017
‘We need an opposite narrative’: Chancellor Betty Rosa on her year of trying to reshape New York’s education debate
What does Chancellor Betty Rosa think about her first year on the job? We sat down with her to find out.
March 27, 2017
To test or not to test? That’s the question families face as students head into state exams this week
Here’s what you need to know as students start taking English exams on Tuesday.
take it back
November 16, 2016
One day after sweeping testing announcement, New York state walks it back
Instead of keeping tests constant for three years, as the state had announced, that testing changes are now up for discussion.
November 14, 2016
New York state officials announce there will be no changes to state exams until 2019
State officials announced they will not make major changes to state assessments for two years, a decision that may not be popular with parents who boycotted the tests.
crime and punishment
September 16, 2016
How Colorado will punish school districts that break opt-out laws
The board gave its unanimous approval to new rules that require districts to neither “impose negative consequences” on students who opt out nor encourage them to do so.
April 12, 2016
Parents to Tennessee’s governor: Stop Part II of TNReady testing
Nearly 2,000 parents sign a petition asking Gov. Bill Haslam and other state leaders to nix the entire second part of the state's new standardized assessment.
April 5, 2016
How New York City principals are thinking about the opt-out movement
For principals like Stacy Goldstein, who runs the School of the Future in Manhattan, the prospect of a big jump in opt-outs creates new logistical hurdles.
April 4, 2016
It’s testing time for New York students. Here’s what you need to know.
As students gear up for tests, here's a guide to the changes, debates and controversy surrounding the New York state assessments.
April 4, 2016
Tennessee to shorten TNReady amid widespread complaints about overtesting
Following concerns about overtesting and a botched rollout, Tennessee plans to reduce the number of hours that students spend taking TNReady in its second year.
April 4, 2016
State seeks to limit opt-out options as TNReady Part II approaches
The Tennessee Department of Education directs superintendents not to make it easier for students to refuse to take the state’s new standardized test.
Choosing to refuse
March 16, 2016
Opt-out movement gains foothold in Tennessee as more parents and students refuse state assessment
The opt-out wave is beginning to gain traction in Tennessee, a year after mass numbers of students refused tests in states including New York, Washington, and Colorado.
February 10, 2016
In their search for Tisch’s replacement, lawmakers ask, Did you teach?
On Wednesday, legislators vetted candidates for the Board of Regents seat that Chancellor Merryl Tisch will vacate in March.
February 5, 2016
As Albany’s power dynamics shift, Elia gets an education in politics
Since her appointment last May, Elia has promised to work closely with the state’s many opposing educational groups, but that is becoming a challenge.
November 12, 2015
2015 Colorado PARCC results and opt-out rates database
Search the 2015 PARCC results for Colorado. Also, opt-out rates.
November 11, 2015
State board signs off on Colorado bid for flexibility from federal law
The State Board of Education Wednesday grudgingly voted 5-2 to approve submission of Colorado’s request for flexibility in meeting federal education laws.
Updated September 3, 2015
Cuomo says Common Core ‘must be fixed,’ will begin (another) review process
Cuomo said he will task a team of advisors to make recommendations in time to direct another round of legal changes to state ed policy.
eyes on opt-out
August 20, 2015
Elia says supporting opt-outs ‘unethical,’ vows to keep pushing feds for waiver
“I think opt-out is something that is not reasonable,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Thursday.
August 11, 2015
Three comparisons to watch in New York state’s 2015 test scores
The state's high opt-out numbers will call city-to-state comparisons into question, but year-to-year comparisons might offer a rare look at progress over time.
June 2, 2015
Incoming commissioner Elia talks evals, promises to listen to opt-out concerns
MaryEllen Elia said Tuesday that she favors giving school districts more time to make changes to their teacher evaluation systems, but skirted questions about other hot-button issues.
April 21, 2015
As opt-out numbers grow, Arne Duncan says feds may have to step in
The education secretary's comments come as an advocacy group in New York reports that more than 184,000 students statewide opted out.
'Big For Us'
April 17, 2015
Amid a statewide surge, city’s opt-out movement is small but growing
As students finished state English exams, advocates said more city parents than ever refused to let their kids take the tests at schools with active “opt-out” movements.
an objective measure
April 7, 2015
As new teacher evaluation system looms, Tisch defends need for state tests
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch continues to defend the need for state tests as an objective measure in the new teacher evaluation system.
April 1, 2015
As NYSUT endorses testing opt-outs, city union holds back
After the head of the state teachers union urged parents this week to boycott the state tests, some are calling on the UFT to follow suit.
March 18, 2015
Opt-out leader opposes bill that would legitimize parent refusal of state tests
A bill to legitimize opting-out of state exams was given an OK by the Colorado Senate Monday. But a lead organizer behind the movement opposes the bill. Here's why.
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.
March 11, 2015
At widespread anti-Cuomo protests, parents and teachers to join hands
Pushback against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education agenda sparked plans for rallies across the city.
March 3, 2015
Rise & Shine: State department will examine whether there are too many tests in school
eyes on opt-out
February 11, 2015
City Council members want city to give parents opt-out info
Two city lawmakers are calling on the city to give parents information about how to opt their children out of state tests.
August 19, 2014
Final 'opt-out' numbers show movement jumped in city
About 4,700 city students did not take this year's English tests and 15,470 students didn't take the math exams, according to an updated tally released by the State Education Department and the city Department of Education. The totals include 1,925 students whose protesting parents opted their children out of taking the tests, a 450 percent increase over last year.
August 14, 2014
Between two rounds of test scores, a rocky year for the Common Core
After last year's dismal test scores, Common Core skepticism went mainstream. Where they head after the release of this year's scores remains to be seen.
rise to the challenge
April 2, 2014
Fariña: Let's respect those who opt out—and those who are "ready for the challenge"
Chancellor Carmen Fariña took a subtle shot at the growing number of parents who are opting their children out of this month's standardized testing, highlighting the parents whose kids are taking the test as being "ready for the challenge."
March 13, 2014
Denver releases new opt-out guidance for schools after parent conflict
Denver Public Schools officials on Wednesday evening issued new guidelines for how schools should treat families who have opted-out of state assessments after a conflict between a parent and the principal at a Hilltop neighborhood middle school.
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