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Aspen’s Center for Assessment offers testing advice

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What is the happy medium between no testing and all-out testing as if we weren't in the middle of a global pandemic? Is there a middle ground?

DeVos plans not to grant testing waivers

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The US Ed Dept doesn't plan to issue testing waivers, as it did last year due to massive closures and the pandemic, under Ed Sec Betsy DeVos.

US Ed. Dept. approves Md. ESSA plan for 2018

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The plan for school improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act, submitted to the fed by Md., is approved.

High school students need to study the fine arts

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If you don't think fine arts programming is vital, ask a high school student. An IL student newspaper asked several, and here's what they heard.

Hogan won’t sign ESSA plan for Maryland

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Md.'s gov. wouldn't sign off on the state board's school accountability plan, but his objections were based on the use of standardized tests.

Federal rule change could make grad rates fall

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States that offer different levels of high school diploma may need to adjust their graduation rates pursuant to a federal rule change.

Nebraska juniors will take the ACT on April 19

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Should states replace their high school tests, used for meeting federal accountability requirements, with a test that matters for their students?

Sticks and stones at the president’s motorcade

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Violence distracts our national focus away from more important matters, like a bill now in the US House that will voucher-ize the nation's schools.

Carver tells of (Don Quixote’s) impossible dreams

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A musical opened at a National Blue Ribbon vocal and instrumental music-magnet high school north of Baltimore, just 2 days after the election.

Sociologists look at why NCLB reauth failed

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Can it help us going forward to study some of the reasons we failed in the past? Sure, and some Ind. U. scientists are trying to do just that.