Spotlight on Using Assessment to Support Teaching and Learning

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Using Assessment to Support Teaching and Learning


The Education Week Spotlight on Using Assessment to Support Teaching and Learning is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Using formative-assessment tools and resources in the common-core era
  • Testing digital tools to improve formative assessments
  • Developing "teacher-researchers" in the classroom
  • Preparing students to become assessment-capable learners

You get the six articles below in a downloadable PDF.

Educators gathered recently for training on how to size up instructional resources for possible inclusion in a digital library that a common-core testing consortium is developing.
March 12, 2014 – Education Week

Summit High School in Oregon is experimenting with a mix of new technologies to build teacher-student feedback loops that help personalize instruction.
March 13, 2014 – Education Week

As teachers transition to common standards, experts say they may need to take on more of a "teacher- researcher" role in the classroom.
March 5, 2014 – Teacher

Assessment expert Margaret Heritage and high school principal Alice DeWittie discussed the promises and realities of technology-enabled formative assessment.
March 18, 2014 – Education Week


April brings dread: testing season. Engaging, important curriculum is pushed aside for weeks to hone students' test-taking skills because, after all, student promotion and teachers' jobs depend on the scores. It's no wonder assessment has become a four-letter word.
April 4, 2014 - Finding Common Ground

In our test-based accountability system, teachers and students have very little knowledge of what will appear on the tests, and often receive no effective feedback on where the students did well, and where they need to improve.
April 6, 2014 - Finding Common Ground

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