Massachusetts Higher Ed and Business: ‘MCAS not good enough for today’s world’

November 3, 2015 — Richard Freeland, former state commissioner of higher education from 2008 to 2015 and president of Northeastern University 1996-2006, and John Davis, chairman and CEO of the American Saw and Manufacturing Company, cite high remediation rates, and an increasingly globalized business environment in support of assessments aligned to higher standards, rather than a measurement system designed nearly 20 years ago. Read the full op-ed in the Boston Globe.

An editorial in the Boston Business Journal also cited remediation rates and argued that business should ‘face the future’ and support assessments aligned to more rigorous standards.


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Tennessee Higher Education Leaders Support Aligned Assessments

October 30, 2015 — Leaders representing the Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee Independent Colleges & Universities Association, and University of Tennessee have resoundingly supported TNReady, the state’s new assessment aligned to the more rigorous Tennessee State Standards. Read the full letter of support here.

 


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New Jersey Higher Ed Leader On the Value Aligned Assessments

October 26, 2015 — In the wake of the statewide release of PARCC results, Tom Kean, former governor of NJ and president of Drew University, underscores the importance of PARCC assessments, not only in closing the ‘honesty gap’ between the scores released from previous state assessments and NAEP scores, but also with the challenge of remediation in NJ institutions of higher education. This timely piece connects the importance of a more accurate and honest assessment of our students’ preparation for college and careers, both across the country and by state, as NAEP, widely considered the nation’s report card, recently released the newest state by state data.


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Massachusetts Higher Ed Support Aligned Assessments

October 6, 2015  — Former Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland and former Commissioner of Education Robert Antonucci, who retired as Fitchburg State University president this year,  spoke out this week at an event hosted by the Boston Foundation on college readiness. Citing high remediation rates, the two underscored the importance of aligned assessments, “I think it’s time for us to talk less about how great we are and more about how many students are failing,” Freeland said. “And that’s what PARCC is about.” View a recording or read more from the Lowell Sun or the Bay State Banner.


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Michigan Higher Ed & Business: Stay the Course on Rigorous Standards

September 17, 2015  — President of the Business Roundtable, John Engler, former Michigan Governor, and Daniel Hurley, CEO of the President’s Council, State Universities of Michigan published a joint op-ed urging parents, students, elected officials and business leaders to see the soon-to-be-released M-STEP scores for “the progress they truly represent” and to remain “resolute in ensuring that our K-12 students are fully equipped for success in college and career.”


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CSU Releases Fact Sheet on New Standards

September 9, 2015 — California State University has released a fact sheet for students, parents and educators on the importance of the new state standards. This resource also details many initiatives designed to align K-12 and higher education at California State University, the nation’s largest producer of teachers.


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Utah Higher Ed Leaders Join Coalition

September 1, 2015 — Utah Commissioner of Higher Education David L. Buhler, along with all eight presidents of Utah’s public colleges and universities, recently joined our growing coalition of higher education leaders nationwide in supporting higher education standards for students. Citing the  fact that less than half of students  in the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) complete their degree within eight years, Utah higher ed leaders are taking a stand to support higher standards.

To read more about what Utah is doing to support students, like Utah Scholars program and the Regents’ Scholarship, read the full article here which was also picked up by the Salt Lake Tribune.


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Vermont Higher Ed Official Speaks Out on Assessments

August 13, 2015 — Scott Giles, president and CEO of Vermont Student Assistance Corp. and chairman of Vermont PreK-16 Council, took the new assessments aligned to Vermont’s higher standards. His results? Renewed support for the important changes his state is making to ensure that our children have the knowledge and skills to be active citizens and compete in the 21st century global economy.

To read more about his first experience with the Smarter Balanced assessments, click here.


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Statement by SUNY Chancellor on New York State Test Results

August 12, 2015  SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has released a statement in response to the release of NY state test scores on the importance of ensuring a “higher degree of success for all students, from cradle to career.” Read the full statement here.


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Modesto Covers NASH, SHEEO & HEfHS Joint Statement

July 20, 2015  With the results of new K-12 student assessments on the horizon, states have an opportunity to be proactive in communication with students and families about the new, more meaningful scores. Covering the recent release of the joint statement by NASH, SHEEO, and HEfHS, the Modesto Bee reports on the higher education community’s reiteration of the importance of higher standards and honest assessments. Read more here.


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