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AM News: National Vocab Test Sheds Light on Reading "Crisis"

Students Fall Flat in Vocabulary Test WSJ: U.S. students knew only about half of what they were expected to on a new vocabulary section of a national exam, in the latest evidence of severe shortcomings in the nation's reading education. Eighth-graders scored an average of 265 out of 500 in vocabulary on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, the results of which were made public Thursday.

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In New Haven, 12 Of 16 TFA Recruits Leave City Schools NewHavenIndependent: Shorrock was one of 16 TFA corps members to join the New Haven public school system in the fall of 2010. Of those 16, 12 left the public school district after fulfilling their two-year commitment, according to TFA’s statewide director, Nate Snow. 

NYC discriminated against black, Latino teachers: court Reuters: New York City's Board of Education discriminated against black and Latino teachers by requiring them to pass a standardized test that wasn't properly validated to become licensed to teach in the city's schools, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday.

Test Designers Seek Help of Students, One at a Time EdWeek: Held at a middle school here last week, the session spotlighted an important but little-known piece of the test-making process, known as cognitive labs. With their intimate scale and their dive into a student’s experience with the test, cognitive labs allow scientists to get inside students’ heads and use what they learn to craft easy-to-use questions and tasks.

To Trim Down, Spelman Trades Sports For Fitness NPR: For the past decade, Spelman College, a historically black women's school in Atlanta, has fielded NCAA teams in basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball and other sports. But when its small Division III conference started dwindling, college President Beverly Tatum says the school decided it was time to change focus.

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The idea that there is or should be an expectation of perfect sores on NAEP or any other test reveals an absolute misunderstanding of assessment.

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