Standards and Assessment News | March 1

Standards and Assessment News | March 1

Certica tracks a range of education news sources, to bring our partners the most up-to-date developments in states’ learning standards and assessments, nationwide. To get a state-by-state understanding of national standards adoption, browse our State Maps. Wondering how to manage the continually shifting landscape of learning standards? Check out Academic Benchmarks.


US DOE Questions Alabama’s Assessment Alignment

The US DOE has asked Alabama officials to provide documentation proving that its
assessment, the ACT Aspire, aligns with Alabama’s standards. The state’s Title I funding will be in question until the issues are resolved, although no funding has been completely withheld at this time. The questions pertain to assessments in ELA, Math, and Science. Learn More


Florida Lawmakers Propose Testing Reforms

Proposals in the Florida House and Senate would require all statewide assessments to take place in the final three weeks of the school year. The proposals would also require assessment results to be returned to teachers within one week of the tests, and clearer reports to be sent to parents. The changes, if approved, would go into effect next year. Learn More; More Here, Too


Idaho House Panel Approve ELA, Math, Computer Science Drafts

A panel of the Idaho House has approved draft Computer Science standards, as well as changes to the state’s ELA and Math standards. The new drafts contain two changes to Math standards and twenty-two changes to the ELA standards. The Senate Education Committee expects to review the standards in the coming weeks. Learn More


Kentucky Senate Approves CCSS Repeal

The Kentucky Senate approved a bill that would repeal the Common Core, sending the bill on to the House of Representatives. If passed, the bill would require a review of the Common Core, as well as the state’s Science and Social Studies standards. Learn More


Maryland Senate Committee Hears Testimony on Reducing Testing

The Maryland Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs committee heard testimony on legislation that would limit testing time to two percent of classroom time, amounting to less than 25 hours per year for each student. The bill would also repeal all statewide Social Studies testing in middle and high school grades, allowing districts to select their own Social Studies testing if desired. Learn More


Michigan Bills Would Repeal CCSS, Replace M-STEP

Bills in the Michigan House and Senate would repeal Common Core and replace the standards with the standards that were in use in Massachusetts prior to the introduction of CCSS in 2009. The bill claims that the CCSS were untested, while the former Massachusetts standards have been tested and vetted. The bills would also require the Michigan DOE to create a new assessment (replacing the M-STEP) that would assess based on the former Massachusetts standards. Learn More; More Here, Too


New Jersey Committee Wants to Remove PARCC as a Graduation Requirement

The New Jersey Assembly Education Committee passed a resolution that would remove PARCC from the state’s graduation requirements. The bill now moves to the full state assembly for a vote. If it passes, this bill could greatly reduce the number of high school juniors who take the exam. Learn More


New Mexico Senators Back Resolution for New Assessments

Two New Mexico Senators are backing a resolution that would seek federal funding to create an alternative statewide assessment, possibly consisting of performance tasks instead of a traditional standardized test. Learn More


Ohio Prepares for Transition to New Math Standards

Ohio has announced a full timeline for transition to its new Math standards. This article includes a file containing the revisions from the 2010 standards. Learn More


West Virginia House Bill Would Repeal Common Core

A bill in the West Virginia House would repeal Common Core effective July 1, 2017. The bill specifies that, if passed, the state would adopt the California Math standards from 1997 and 2005, and the Massachusetts ELA standards from 2001. The bill is currently being considered by the House Education Committee. Learn More


West Virginia BOE Votes to Eliminate SBAC

The West Virginia Board of Education voted to eliminate ELA and Math testing for grades 9 and 10 beginning in 2017. The testing will remain for grade 11, making it the only grade assessed during high school. The Board also voted to eliminate SBAC altogether, and instructed the DOE to begin searching for a new assessment beginning in 2017. Learn More; More Here, Too


Wisconsin Announces Review of Standards

Wisconsin has announced its plans to review standards in Science, Music, and Information and Technology Literacy. The standards are currently available for public comment. Learn More


Wyoming Board Votes for New Assessment

The Wyoming Board of Education voted to replace the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming (PAWS) with a new assessment to be developed by AIR. The new assessment will be administered beginning in Spring 2018. The new assessment will give districts the option to give mid-year tests, with results available within fifteen days. Learn More


Overview of Assessments Used in All States

This article contains an overview and interactive display of assessments used in grades 3-8 and high school in each state, along with graduation exit exam information. Learn More


College Board Increases International Security

The College Board is increasing its security after a rash of test stealing and cheating on the SAT in the past few years. The most frequent issue has been foreign students purchasing copies of tests already given in the United States, but that haven’t been recycled and given to international students. The College Board is reducing the number of international testing dates, as well as auditing international testing centers. Learn More


14 States Adopt Arts Standards, More Coming

According to a report from the National Coalition for the Core Arts Standards, fourteen states have adopted new Art standards since the National Core Arts Standards were introduced in 2014. Nineteen additional states are in the process of adopting new Art standards, also. Learn More