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Volunteer to Pilot NGSS Test

test with pencilThe American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of the groups that helped develop the Next Generation Science Standards is seeking science teachers to field-test multiple-choice items for a 45-minute assessment on energy in March, April, or May of 2015.

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Common Math Content Released

math homeworkThe Common Core State Standards just took a big step toward becoming classroom practice. Some 44 states and the District of Columbia adopted these new standards in English language arts and mathematics over the past year. Now, STEM teachers are getting the first details of the key content students must master when common assessments roll out in 2014.

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Union Shifts on Teacher Evaluations

Classroom DrawingThough it continues to oppose the use of standardized test scores to gauge effectiveness, the nation’s largest teachers’ union for the first time affirmed that evidence of student learning must be considered in teacher evaluations.

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Report: Technology and Testing’s Future

Students are growing up in a world overflowing with a variety of high-tech tools, from computers and video games to sophisticated mobile devices. Their schools are gradually following suit, integrating a range of technologies for instructional use. But when it comes to testing students, most revert to an era when iPhones were just a twinkle in some techie’s eye – even though technology can dramatically improve assessment and learning.

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