Spotlight on Assessment in the ESSA Era

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Assessment in the ESSA Era


The Education Week Spotlight on Assessment in the ESSA Era is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • What ESSA might mean for interim assessments
  • Test accomodations for students with disabilities
  • The opt-out movement and testing mandates
  • Creating assessments that have purpose

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

The Every Student Succeeds Act allows states and districts to cobble scores from interim assessments into a single, summative score, but some experts worry that will make the results less valid.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week

An ESSA provision that lets states use college-entrance exams to measure student achievement could spur a profound shift in high school testing.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week

As more states requiring the ACT or SAT, a gulf is opening between students with disabilities and those without, and it's caught the Justice Department's eye.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week

Though testing mandates remain under ESSA, those aiming to rein in assessments say the new law's flexibility for states may work to their advantage.
January 20, 2016 – Education Week

Despite the rise of the testing opt-out movement, states are still on the hook to assure that 95 percent of eligible students take state exams in English/language arts and math.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week

Stephanie Pinkin discusses what she learned from aligning her grading to standards instead of assignment—and why she thinks it’s a more holistic method.
February 22, 2016 – Teacher

Different education tests are built with different purposes. So why are we using them interchangeably? asks W. James Popham.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week

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