Spotlight on the Changing State of Assessment

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The Changing State of Assessment


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

  • Analyzing results from common-core assessments
  • Piloting online assessments for the common core
  • Using formative assessment to improve teaching and learning
  • Mapping out the key elements of high-quality assessments
  • The new computerized technology and engineering exam

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Small teams from all District of Columbia schools have been analyzing student test performance from 2012-13 to guide teachers' instruction in the new school year.
September 9, 2013 - Education Week

The computerized exam will ask students to apply their knowledge of technology and engineering principles to solve problems.
March 26, 2013 - Education Week

Schools Test-Drive Common Core
More than a million students have used computing devices to participate in a pilot of online assessments for the Common Core State Standards.
June 11, 2013 - Digital Directions

Teachers should recognize that formative assessment works and advocate for using it with honesty and unparalleled zeal, argues W. James Popham.
January 8, 2013 - Education Week

Upon transferring to a school in Mexico that has insufficient records of students’ literacy levels, a teacher comes to see the value in assessments.
June 18, 2013 - Teacher


To understand formative assessment, it's better to think of it less as a test, and more as good teaching practice.
April 8, 2013 - Curriculum Matters Blog
A bevy of heavy-hitting assessment experts has identified five things that make assessments high quality, and is urging states to hold out for such tests in the face of political and financial pressures that might weaken their resolve.
June 20, 2013 - Curriculum Matters Blog

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