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Young Teachers Turned Off By Testing

Heavy testing in lower grades is causing young teachers to consider leaving the field.


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NJ Dept. Of Education: Low PARCC Participation Could Jeopardize Federal Funding To Schools

New Jersey’s education officials say schools where many students skip a new standardized test could face funding cuts from the federal government.


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New Jersey Assembly To Weigh Scaling Back Scope Of Standardized Tests

Lawmakers are set to vote Monday on a bill aimed at addressing some parents’ concerns surrounding the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests.


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City Council Hearing Looks Into Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing

Standardized tests like the PSSAs and now, the Keystone exams, are a major measure of student performance in Pennsylvania. But Philadelphia teachers union president Jerry Jordan told a Council hearing that they haven’t helped.


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‘Race To The Top’ Grant Program Is Changing Education

Since Race to the Top was launched, schools across the country have adopted new, rigorous education standards, implemented stringent teacher evaluation systems and are developing data collection systems to better inform instruction.


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Temple U. Makes SAT Scores Optional On Its College Application

Students now have some new options when applying to the school.


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Defendants in Philadelphia Elementary School Cheating Scandal Appear in Court

Four of the five, including Cayuga Elementary School principal Evelyn Cortez, now have a preliminary hearing on July 18th to face charges that they gave students answers to standardized tests.


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Pa. Legislator Blasts Corbett Administration Plan for Testing High School Seniors

State senator Andrew Dinniman, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, says the Education Department is overstressing the tests despite an earlier understanding with lawmakers.


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More Parents Removing Kids from Standardized Testing in Pennsylvania Schools

And this so-called “opt out” movement is part of a growing national trend.


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Two Philadelphia School Principals Lose Credentials In Wake of Test Cheating Scandal

These are the first heads to roll in the investigation of 53 Philadelphia schools that has been going on for more than a year.


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NJ Tells 3rd Graders To Reveal A Secret On Standardized Test

Can you get a third grader to tell you a secret? New Jersey education officials are trying to do just that — on a standardized test.


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Will My Child Pass 3rd Grade

A brochure received by parents in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Union District, on retaining 3rd graders based on standardized test reading scores is titled, “Will your child pass third grade?” is meant to help students achieve standardized reading levels.


Pa. Secretary Of Education Gives Districts 30 Days To Investigate Standardized Test Scores

Pennsylvania’s secretary of education is ordering more than three dozen school districts to conduct internal investigations of suspicious scores on state standardized tests.



Pennsylvania Looking Into Possible Cheating On State Standardized Tests

Pennsylvania education officials are looking into a report that has surfaced indicating possible cheating on state standardized tests.



Pa. Lawmaker Demanding Response On Philadelphia School Cheating Allegations

Word of a cheating scandal in Atlanta schools got Pennsylvania state rep Michael McGeehan thinking: what ever happened to a similar case in Philadelphia?