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Breathe easy, students: Minnesota lawmakers prepare to cut down on standardized testing

Kyle Potter, Star Tribune, October 26, 2015   Kyle Potter writes for the Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota prepared Monday to trim more standardized testing, echoing President Barack Obama’s weekend call to ensure that students aren’t spending too much time on exams. The Legislature has made a raft of changes to public school […]

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Minnesota Legislature’s testing cuts came after too little discussion

Editorial Board, Star Tribune, July 9, 2015 State lawmakers need to take another look at ACT, other tests.  In response to concerns about excessive testing, the Minnesota Legislature voted to drop the requirement that all high school juniors take the college entrance ACT exam at state expense. Lawmakers cut the state Department of Education’s testing budget from […]

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As more students opt out of tests, average scores plunge at some Minneapolis schools

Alejandra Matos , Star Tribune, May 2, 2015 Historic numbers of top students are exercising a little-known right. “There are unintended consequences of opting-out,” interim Minneapolis Superintendent Michael Goar said, with school officials adding that they expect more declines in average test scores as more students decide against taking the exams. The newest math scores […]

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Minnesota high schools scramble to meet ACT’s many test-day requirements

Erin Adler, Star Tribune, April 27, 2015 Test anxiety is hitting Minnesota school administrators as they prepare for the first ever statewide American College Test (ACT) for high school juniors. On April 28, all 64,000 juniors will sit for the exam — a new graduation requirement meant to increase free, in-school access to a test that’s widely […]

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan to outline education priorities and defend testing

Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post, January 9, 2015 As a new Congress gets to work to rewrite the 2002 federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration is drawing what Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls a “line in the sand”: The federal government must continue to require states to give annual, standardized […]

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Kline and Senate ally launching new push for NCLB overhaul and less federal oversight

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, January 6, 2015 Another midterm, another turn of the worm. Four years ago this space carried a story noting that Rep. John Kline’s appointment as chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ powerful Education and the Workforce Committee made the Lakeville Republican a formidable — if loyal— opponent to Education Secretary Arne […]

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The plot to overhaul No Child Left Behind

Maggie Stearms, POLITICO PRO, January 2, 2015 The Republican plan could dramatically roll back the federal role in education. Republicans are hatching an ambitious plan to rewrite No Child Left Behind this year — one that could end up dramatically rolling back the federal role in education and trigger national blowouts over standardized tests and […]

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Legislation Would Help States Rethink Testing Systems, Pare Back Tests

Alyson Klein, Education Week’s blog Politics K-12, December 9, 2014   States that want to carefully consider the number and type of tests they offer—and maybe make some changes to their regimens—would get an assist from a federal grant program aimed at improving assessments, under a bill introduced Monday by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., a […]

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Testing resistance and reform news

Bob Schaeffer, FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, September 16, 2014 It’s only the middle of September but assessment reformers have already recorded an initial set of “wins” for the new school year: Pittsburgh significantly reduced district-mandated testing, and Florida suspended a controversial statewide reading exam. Building on successes of the recent past, escalating […]

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Joe Nathan Column: Test results encourage rethinking

Joe Nathan, Hometown Source, August 28, 2014 Americans have complicated, conflicted feelings about how much to rely on statewide standardized tests, such as those whose scores were recently released. I think this year’s results suggest three changes. Minnesota should: –Make much more use of highly successful schools. –Share results sooner with teachers. –Use a broader […]

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