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Hate tests? The Dallas school district has some good news for you. This summer, the district announced it’s going to nix one-third of its assessments. 

Standardized tests tied to the Common Core are under fire in lots of places for lots of reasons. But who makes them and how they're scored is a mystery.

For a peek behind the curtain, I traveled to the home of the nation's largest test-scoring facility: San Antonio.

The facility is one of Pearson's — the British-owned company that dominates the testing industry in the U.S. and is one of the largest publishing houses behind these mysterious standardized tests.

Texas May Lose Its Waiver To No Child Left Behind

Jan 28, 2015
Christina Ulsh

The state got a waiver to some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind in 2013. That lets it keep federal money without meeting all the law’s requirements. Forty other states have waivers, too. Texas’ waiver expires at the end of this school year, and the Texas Education Agency wants an extension.

A newly signed bill in Texas will require students who begin high school this year to pass only five standardized tests to graduate instead of 15. The Texas Tribune looks at this change, which also impacts curriculum and what classes students must take to graduate.