Testing pushback 
Testing season begins soon in U.S. public schools, but a pushback is mounting against federal regulations, writes Lyndsey Layton in The Washington Post. NCLB stipulates that every state annually test every student in grades 3 through 8 in math and reading, reporting scores publicly. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia are teaching math and reading differently because of the Common Core, but aligned exams won't be available until next year. Most states will dust off their old tests and hope for the best. Because tests will be out-of-sync with instruction, federal officials are permitting suspension of accountability decisions. In D.C. and 36 states, students will field-test questions for the new exams, and these students are excused from older tests. But the Obama administration will not back down from requiring every state to test every student in certain grades. California plans to give field tests with sample questions from the new exam, but because a field test does not reliably measure student achievement, California will not score the tests, and results will not be publicly reported. The state will use last year's scores for accountability, essentially maintaining the status quo for this transition year. The federal government has not resolved the issue with California. More

Source:  Public Education News Blast

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