New York wants to give special education kids easier tests

Should students with disabilities be held to the same academic standards and tests as other kids their age? asks the Huffington Post. That decades-old question is being revived by a debate in New York. Some advocates charge that a proposed tweak to the state’s No Child Left Behind update may shortchange vulnerable students — and, if approved, could spread to other states. They want these kids tested alongside their peers, so that they won’t fall behind as each grade passes them by. Others, though, say tougher testing for kids with disabilities can have its own detrimental effects…

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Sad tales of AP tests gone wrong

With this region’s high concentration of Advanced Placement tests, AP stress, scores and credit are hot topics, The Washington Post reports. Much less is heard about Patricia Palmer Dulman’s particular AP nightmare. Her son had to retake two tests at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington County because of administrative errors. I discovered the complications of AP testing 30 years ago while investigating the retesting of 12 calculus students in East Los Angeles. The pain such moments cause hit me again this summer when, while visiting the San Francisco Peninsula, news broke of 286 students at Mills High School in Millbrae, Calif., being told they had to take their AP tests again. The school had used round tables, ignoring the sacred College Board rule (unknown to me but distributed to schools and students) that test-takers must not face or be too close to each other…

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States worried about Common Core tests

States, superintendents nervous about Common Core pass rates

states-testsA new study highlights an interesting trend happening in states across the country: backtracking on Common Core State Standards (CCSS). States say issues with development, as well as worries about students’ pass rates, are making implementing Common Core tests difficult.

The report “Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: States Prepare for the Common Core Assessments,” is based on a survey of state deputy superintendents in 40 of the 46 states that have adopted the CCSS in math or English/language arts or both subjects, and was conducted by the Center on Education Policy (CEP).

Though CEP Executive Director Maria Ferguson explained that “most of the states we surveyed have positive feelings about the new and unique features of the consortia-developed assessments,” about a quarter of the states surveyed are not currently changing their tests to better align them with the new Common Core Standards.…Read More