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Pearson, AIR, Common Core and Opt-Out Collide in New Mexico

After hundreds of New Mexico high school kids walked out of common core inspired, state-mandated tests last week in protest, a perfect storm of education policy manifested in a state district courtroom. Scathing Purple Musings referred to this same Associated … Continue reading

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The Florida Department of Education and AIR Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Investigate Themselves

Jeffrey Solochek with Kathleen McGrory asked some experts to comment on Florida’s current chaotic start-up of its new FSA tests which have been administered by the American Institutes of Research (AIR). In the Tampa Bay Times: Last year, Kansas leaders … Continue reading

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Will Florida Become a Battleground For Pearson and AIR?

  Former Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett arrived with some carry-on baggage. While serving as Indiana’s top education boss, he served as the fiscal agent for the  multi-state consortia which would administer PARCC exams to several state’s students. When Bennett was … Continue reading

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So It Was Cyber Attacks Which Caused FSA Test Delays

From the Florida Department of Education website: Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Rick Swearingen announced that FDLE is investigating testing delays caused by cyber-attacks on a server used to administer … Continue reading

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Meet the New FCAT, Same as the Old FCAT

Sunshine State News reporter Allison Nielson writes of FCATs last year with a paradox: “Parting is such sweet sorrow — sort of.” And also this: After a dramatic drop in FCAT writing scores in 2012, the State Board of Education … Continue reading

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Florida’s New Testing Non-Profit Has Received $36 Million in Grants From Gates Foundation

You just knew there had to be a catch. Yesterday’s news that Education Commissioner Pam Stewart had selected a new testing company to replace FCAT. Erin Jester reports in the Gainesville Sun: Stewart picked the nonprofit company American Institutes for … Continue reading

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