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Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
A study released last week suggesting that California's high school exit exams are affecting some student demographic groups more than others is the latest in a small spate of studies pointing to trade-offs from policies that require high school students to pass state tests to graduate. Twenty-six states have exit exams in place or will by 2012,…
Descriptors: High Schools, Females, Graduation Rate, Graduation
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2007
This article features FAST-R, or Formative Assessments of Student Thinking in Reading, a new assessment tool that measures critical-reading skills. FAST-R was developed by the the nonprofit Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE), a local education foundation, to provide teachers with information about what students are thinking when they try to find…
Descriptors: Inferences, Reading Skills, Testing Programs, Formative Evaluation