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As McGraw-Hill Education Leaves State Testing, Market Thrives for Classroom Assessments

Many assumed—rightly or wrongly—that the common-core era would bring a windfall for companies in the state testing business. But one of the biggest shifts in the landscape so far has been the decision by a hugely recognizable provider to steer in the opposite direction, abandoning its work in high-stakes assessments entirely.

McGraw-Hill Education/CTB announced this summer that it is selling off its assets in summative testing—tests that typically carry high stakes, and are given at the end of a course or year—to focus instead on developing classroom resources and tools for teachers and students.