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Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 10/16/15
A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments.

From EdWeek: Earlier this week, Arkansas announced it was joining Ohio in determining its own definition of “proficient” on PARCC exams. Later, the Arkansas Education Commissioner reversed course and said the state would follow the PARCC cut scores.

Arkansas chief backtracks, says state will use PARCC’s cut scores for college readiness

From Education Next: Michael Petrilli writes that – outside of Ohio – states are providing more honest information on how students are doing on the PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests.

 So far only Ohio is backing off a high standard for proficiency

From Education Post: Their 2015 Parent Poll on testing, standards and choice shows that parents want tests to be used as a tool to help their kids learn.

Parents want tests to work for kids, not just for ‘system’

From U.S. News & World Report: Commentary on how Common Core scores can be compared across states despite different proficiency labels.

Common Core, common measure

From Education Next: While the Common Core assessments and scores might be “new,” the information we can get from the scores reinforces trends that are commonly known.

Do new Common Core test results tell us anything new?

From EdWeek: Commentary explaining a San Francisco Unified School District-Stanford University partnership that provides a great example of communications and sharing useful data with parents.

Giving parents, and teachers, the right information

In Case You Missed It

From Politico: A piece directed at policymakers arguing that Common Core standards are here to stay – even if some states are calling them by a different name.

How Common Core quietly won the war