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Feds: IL broke the law on PARCC test last year

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There's more to the story about Illinois dropping the PARCC tests for high school students next year, after using the tests for the last two years.

Ravitch still opposes Common Core: NYT

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The Common Core has taken root, but there are experts among educators who would rather we use something else for math & English.

N.J. to require PARCC for graduation

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The Garden State will begin requiring students to pass the PARCC tests or some other test (or submit a portfolio) for high school graduation in 2021.

US teen beauty becomes standardized

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The Miss Teen USA pageant showed that, sometimes, standardized qualities, like teen beauty, pay off; they don't in other cases, though.

They’ve had enough (online) testing in Alaska

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Test results are important for schools, but technical computer problems and opt-outs continue to frustrate educators across the US.

Run-down schools trigger low test scores

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It's a chain reaction: If the cafeteria smells bad, kids call in "sick" and show a reduction in academic performance at those run-down schools.

Digital device choice affects test scores

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Students who take standardized high school tests online using tablets score lower than those who take the tests on laptops.

IL bids a partial adieu to PARCC tests

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The IL board took a step back on PARCC yesterday: The state will use the test only for grades 3-8, not high school.

Egyptians cheat on exam to get into college

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Egyptian high school students took an exam, the answers for which were posted on Facebook before the exam was even administered.

Md. to require test scores for H.S. graduation

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Md. high school students will soon have to achieve a certain score on the PARCC tests (or a suitable substitute) in order to receive a high school diploma.