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ERIC Number: EJ978463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-6
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
New Tests Put States on Spot
Ujifusa, Andrew
Education Week, v31 n33 p1, 24 Jun 2012
As states begin to demand more rigor on their high-stakes tests--and the tests evolve to incorporate revised academic standards--many officials are gambling that an initial wave of lower scores will give way to greater student achievement in the future. Changes to statewide tests and subsequent plummeting scores sparked controversy and emergency action in Florida last month, and similar shock waves have been felt as Kentucky, Michigan, Texas, and Virginia remake their testing regimes. The increasing expectations are in many cases a preview of challenges expected nationally when new, rigorous assessments based on the Common Core State Standards are administered by nearly all states starting in 2014-2015. To date, 46 states have agreed to adopt the common-core standards in English/language arts and 45 in math, and two consortia with various member states are spending $360 million in federal money to develop common assessments for the new standards. States have long endured criticism that their existing tests, aimed at moving the states toward 2014 proficiency levels in reading and mathematics demanded by the No Child Left Behind Act, lacked the rigor necessary to gauge how well students stack up against the demands of college and workforce readiness. For many states implementing a new generation of tests, there will be a "shock" as test scores drop, a dynamic that typically occurs with each evolution of such assessments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Kentucky; Michigan; Texas; Virginia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test