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Afternoon Announcements: Assessments Roll Out For School Districts

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March 03, 2015 01:00 pm

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As testing rolls out in many U.S. public schools, some of the state’s largest districts have switched to paper exams, fearing technology glitches could create headaches for students and teachers alike. eSchoolNews

Many students were allowed to bring their cell phones into New York City school buildings Monday, marking the end of a longtime city policy that had grown increasingly unpopular among parents, students, and even some teachers. Chalkbeat NY

Compass Learning recently announced more than 800 new digital learning activities that feature new multimedia and tech-enhanced question types that align to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC). eSchoolNews

Students frustrated over a new standardized test walked out of schools around New Mexico in protest Monday as the new exam was being given. The Associated Press

Chicago Public Schools ended its standoff with the State of Illinois over the new mandated standardized state test.   All students in the Chicago district will have to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam this spring. WBEZ

As the West Virginia Senate Education Committee is set to discuss the repeal of Common Core standards, the Republican lawmaker tasked with counting votes said the bill is not likely to succeed. The Charleston Daily Mail

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen will form a special task force focusing on the testing and assessment of students at the district level, the department announced Monday, in the hopes of addressing concerns that there is too much testing taking place in schools. The Tennessean

Michigan is paying $4.9 million this school year to continue its membership in a group developing standardized tests aligned with the Common Core. Crain’s Detroit Business

The largest unions in the country are using a similar tactic from the landmark victory last year in a California lawsuit that challenged tenure protections to fight for one of their most pressing interests. The Washington Post

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