Standards and Assessment News | February 1


Iowa Begins Developing Computer Science Standards

The Iowa Department of Education has established a review team to develop Computer Science standards. No implementation date has been provided. Learn more


Mississippi Students Affected by Questar Data Breach

Assessment vendor Questar has reported a data breach in December 2017 that affected the records of 663 students in Mississippi. An unauthorized user accessed students’ personal information and test results. Questar has hired a third party to perform a security audit. Questar provides assessments in ELA and Math for Mississippi students. Learn more


Nevada Approves New Computer Science Standards

The Nevada State Board of Education has approved new Computer Science standards for grades K-12. Preliminary implementation will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. No final implementation date has been provided. Learn more


New Hampshire Pilot Assessments Show Promising Results

New Hampshire has been operating a pilot assessment program, known as PACE, since it gained a federal waiver in 2015. Students in grades three, four, and eight who are participating in the pilot are outperforming their peers taking SBAC in several subjects. New Hampshire hopes to continue the PACE pilot under the ESSA Innovative Assessment program. Learn more


New Jersey Governor Predicts State’s Exit from PARCC

The new governor of New Jersey plans to fulfill his campaign promise of moving the state away from PARCC testing. No timeline has been provided for finding a new state assessment to replace PARCC. Learn more


New Mexico Adopts NCAS

New Mexico has adopted the NCAS as its new Fine Arts standards. Learn more


New York Students Affected by Questar Data Breach

A data breach at assessment vendor Questar affected 52 students in New York. The breach occurred in the spring of 2017. The State Education Department holds Questar responsible and is asking for immediate action to prevent future breaches. The state attorney general has opened an investigation into the breach. Learn more


Texas Students Pilot New Writing Assessment

Some students in one Texas school district may not take the Writing portion of the STAAR in favor of a pilot writing assessment program. Instead of a four hour writing assessment with a single writing prompt, the pilot program would utilize four writing samples taken throughout the school year. Learn more


West Virginia Bill Would Require Bible Elective

A bill introduced into the West Virginia senate would require schools to offer an elective course in Biblical Studies. No dates for further discussion within the Senate have been provided.

Schools would be required to follow applicable laws when providing the elective. Learn more


Wyoming Committee Nears Finalization of Social Studies Update

A committee of educators and tribe members in Wyoming has nearly completed a draft of new Social Studies standards, with plans to present the draft to the Board of Education next month. The new standards will include information about American Indians. Learn more


ACT, SAT No Longer Required At Many Colleges

More colleges are removing the ACT and/or SAT admissions requirement, according to a running count by FairTest. The assessments are not being considered with respect to admissions decisions in more than one thousand accredited four-year colleges and universities. Many of these changes have occurred since the SAT was redesigned. Learn more


Governors’ Partnership for Computer Science Education Expands

Eight governors have joined the Governors’ Partnership for Computer Science Education, bringing the total membership to sixteen. The Partnership began in 2016 with the help of The group prioritizes computer science education with funding and standards. Learn more


PARCC Receives Federal Approval in Maryland

The PARCC assessment has received an unconditional approval in Maryland, meaning that the test meets all federal requirements in that state. Most states receive partial approvals, making this full approval rare. This rating could make it more likely that other PARCC states (Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, New Jersey, and New Mexico) would receive a similar approval. Learn more