Spotlight on Assessment

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On Assessment


The Education Week Spotlight on Assessment is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors including:

  • Classroom evidence of learning
  • Formative assessment
  • Computer-adaptive testing
  • The promises and challenges of open-ended test items
  • The debate over standardized testing

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Cost, reliability, and governance may deter states from using the kind of open-ended questions called for by Race to the Top.
January 21, 2010 - Education Week

In their scenario, challenging and complex analytical tasks would replace the factual-recall questions that dominate multiple-choice tests.
February 23, 2010 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week

In Perspective
Adjusting to Test Takers
Computer-adaptive testing addresses individual student needs, but cost and logistical challenges persist.
November 17, 2008 - Education Week

There’s a war of sorts going on within the normally staid assessment industry, and it’s a war over the definition of a type of assessment that many educators understand in only the sketchiest fashion.
September 16, 2008 - Education Week

Using ideas employed successfully by other countries, Monty Neill proposes a comprehensive evaluation model to replace America's "test-and-punish approach."
June 18, 2010 - Education Week

Robert Rothman envisions a world in which testing is neither excessive nor a waste of time, but a source of knowledge that can improve practice.
April 20, 2010 - Education Week

The future, Stanley N. Rabinowitz writes, will include more flexibility, multiple measures of achievement, different roles for government, and technical innovation.
February 22, 2010 - Education Week

The problems plaguing testing have led states to gravitate to tests that mainly measure low-level skills, Thomas Toch writes.
July 24, 2007 - Education Week (Web)

Are we helping students and teachers with our assessment practices, or contributing to their problems?, Rick Stiggins asks.
October 16, 2007 - Education Week

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