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State takes hands-off approach to test cheating

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, October 24, 2013 – When it comes to uncovering cheating by students or teachers on statewide assessment tests, Minnesota takes a less rigorous approach than most other states. While many states analyze test scores or do regular audits to find cheating, the Minnesota Department of Education relies on school districts to […]

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For some Minnesota parents, standardized testing has reached its limits

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, June 29, 2013 – Sarah Lahm had a “revelation” this spring, courtesy of teachers and other parents at Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis: She could opt her children out of the state’s standardized tests. Lahm followed a high-profile test boycott in Seattle, read up on research and asked her kids for […]

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Rethinking standardized testing

The Daily Circuit, Minnesota Public Radio, April 18, 2013 – Minnesota business leaders, teachers and even the Department of Education all think students are taking too many standardized tests. Currently, Minnesota students take both statewide MCA tests and district MAP tests during grades three through eight and then take a series of GRAD tests in high […]

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Minnesota needs new student testing regimen

Brenda Cassellius, Star Tribune Commentary, April 4, 2013 – All of us who have dedicated our careers to education share the goal of providing every Minnesota student with a world-class education. When measured only by test scores, our best efforts still fall short for too many. Our urgent priority must be to boost the achievement of […]

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Legislation would scrap graduation tests for new assessment measures

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, March 25, 2013 – Minnesota lawmakers are considering whether to drop the high-stakes GRAD tests, a series of reading, writing and math exams students must pass to receive a high school diploma. A bill authored by Democratic state lawmakers would replace the exams, which begin in the ninth grade, with a […]

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Few would likely mourn an end to Minnesota’s high-school exit tests

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, December 6, 2012 – In the spring of 2013 when the obituary is written, as seems likely, for Minnesota’s high-school graduation tests, it might read thusly: Following nearly two decades of efforts to turn them into something other than a time-consuming annoyance, the Graduation-Required Assessment for Diploma (GRAD) tests today were euthanized by […]

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Officials consider replacing high-stakes GRAD test

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, November 28, 2012 – Some state educators and lawmakers want to eliminate a high-stakes test from the list of requirements for a high school diploma. Minnesota high school seniors are required to pass one final reading, writing and math exam before they get their diplomas. It’s called the GRAD test. But […]

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Minnesota urged to drop high-stakes graduation exams

Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, November 27, 2012 – A state education task force voted Tuesday to recommend dropping Minnesota’s high-stakes graduation exams and replacing them with new exams designed to help students prepare for college or a job. On a 26-2 vote, the educator-dominated group supported ending the GRAD tests in a recommendation to Education Commissioner […]

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Minnesota educators push to end high-stakes math exam

Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, November 26, 2012 – With nearly a third of high school students at risk of failing Minnesota’s high-stakes exit exam for math, some educators say it’s time the state dropped the requirement. On Tuesday a panel of educators is expected to recommend changes in the state’s school-testing regimen. Dropping the exit exams […]

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