[caption id="attachment_40096" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Washington is leading a group of 31 states in developing a common test that would be given online twice a year."]A coalition led by Washington state is developing a plan for computerized adaptive testing.[/caption]


Two large coalitions of states are competing for federal “Race to the Top” dollars to create a series of new national academic tests to replace the current patchwork system.

In the current system, every state gives a different test to its students. In some states, passing the exam is a graduation requirement.

The federal...

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