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Some states’ tests say kids are fine; national tests say they’re not

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“Too many states are not leveling with students or parents. They’re being told students are proficient, but by external benchmarks they’re not prepared at all,” said Michael Cohen, the president of Achieve, the education reform group that conducted the survey released Thursday. Cohen added that improvements are expected with the new tests.  | Chuck Berman 2014 TNS FILE PHOTO

“Too many states are not leveling with students or parents. They’re being told students are proficient, but by external benchmarks they’re not prepared at all,” said Michael Cohen, the president of Achieve, the education reform group that conducted the survey released Thursday. Cohen added that improvements are expected with the new tests. | Chuck Berman 2014 TNS FILE PHOTO

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A report on student testing released Thursday finds big gaps in most states between the percentage of students shown to be proficient in reading and math on state tests and the much lower number found to be proficient on a national benchmark test.

Georgia, Texas and South Carolina and dozens of other states showed significant gaps between their state tests in the 2013-14 school year and the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress on tests of reading and math in fourth and eighth grades.

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King Signs on to Legislation to Support Teachers

 

AUSTIN – Last week State Representative Phil King (R- Weatherford), at the request of schoolteachers and superintendents, signed on as co-author to HB 2491.  In an effort to support teachers in the classroom, HB 2491 implements a two year moratorium to suspend all state mandated testing and assessments for a period ending September 30, 2013.  In addition, superintendents may apply funds or appropriations originally intended for this testing to support teacher jobs and the resources they need. Continue reading →