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Less intrusive testing, more meaningful results.

[fa icon="calendar'] January, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Common Core, Formative Assessment, College and Career Readiness, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Limitations of “Off-the-Shelf” District Assessments

Smarter tests. Less testing time. Quality data. Important needs that we frequently hear about when it comes to K–12 assessment. All assessment companies want to bring you products that meet these needs while delivering accurate results. No one wants to set students up for failure or waste time; we want testing that gives districts and teachers accurate measures of learning to inform instruction.

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PARCC Scores are in. What’s next?

[fa icon="calendar'] January, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Common Core, Formative Assessment, College and Career Readiness

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Bridging the Instructional Gap

Five million students across 11 states and the District of Columbia took the PARCC® tests in 2014–2015. These assessments are intended to measure the extent to which students are meeting the expectations of new, more rigorous college- and career-ready standards. Many participating states’ districts, schools, students, and parents were disappointed by lower-than-expected results from the exams. The message to these states was clear: Schools need to address the gap between instructional strategies and the high expectations of the standards measured by the PARCC tests.

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New Contract in Maine; Moving beyond PARCC and Smarter Balanced

[fa icon="calendar'] December, 2015 / by Press Room posted in Accountability, College and Career Readiness

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Amid fallout from PARCC® and Smarter Balanced® and uncertainty about state testing programs, recent news reports indicate that the consortia and individual states are moving on. And, with the ESEA reauthorization, the federal government is moving forward, too.

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