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Testing and Accountability for Public Power

Testing and Accountability for Public Power

By David Casalaspi   Testing and accountability policy has consistently been held up as a way to empower parents, especially in poor neighborhoods. Give parents clear, objective information about how schools are doing, and schools, facing complaints from parents and shrinking enrollments as parents opt to send their children elsewhere, will be pressured to reform… Read More »

The Department of Education’s Parent Dilemma

The Department of Education’s Parent Dilemma

By David Casalaspi   When stumping for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2001, George W. Bush framed his push for test-based accountability as empowering parents: “There’s nothing better to get parents involved in schools than to measure and report the results… There’s nothing like getting a mother fired up when she sees the fact… Read More »

Are Higher Proficiency Standards Here to Stay?

Are Higher Proficiency Standards Here to Stay?

By David Casalaspi   Last year was an important one in the world of standardized testing. For many states, the 2014-2015 school year witnessed the first administration of new Common Core-aligned standardized tests. The new tests were considerably more difficult than previous ones, and as a result, scores across the nation dropped tremendously. In Louisiana,… Read More »

Reflections on the Opt-Out Movement’s Future

Reflections on the Opt-Out Movement’s Future

By David Casalaspi   Last spring, millions of parents across America protested against the outsized influence of standardized tests by keeping their children at home on test day. This movement, known as “opt-out,” originated in 2013 as a small campaign in New York, but it has slowly expanded over the past couple years to involve… Read More »

What to Make of Michigan’s M-STEP Scores

What to Make of Michigan’s M-STEP Scores

By David Casalaspi   On October 27, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released the statewide results of the 2015 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) exams – the state’s new standardized tests. The results were miserable. Only 45% of 6th graders scored proficient in English, 33% of 5th graders scored proficient in mathematics,… Read More »

A Change in Rhetoric Around Standardized Testing

A Change in Rhetoric Around Standardized Testing

By David Casalaspi Almost fourteen years after the enactment of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the standardized testing movement finally seems to be losing some steam. Over the past few years, there has been growing concern among the public about the amount of standardized testing occurring in the nation’s public schools. In some states, parents… Read More »

Colleges to Recognize Common Core Test in Course Placement

Colleges to Recognize Common Core Test in Course Placement

By Jason Burns On April 15, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), one of the two common core testing consortia, announced an agreement with almost 200 colleges and universities in 6 states to use its classification of college preparedness to exempt students from remedial coursework. Included in the agreement are all public institutions of higher… Read More »