Assessment and Testing

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Performance-Based Test for Teachers Rolls Out

The new exam, which at least seven states will soon start using, is seen as the teacher education field's response to criticism of university-based preparation programs. (December 2, 2013)

Spotlight on Assessment

Assessment is complicated in both practical and policy terms, raising myriad questions of how to best gauge student learning. This Spotlight looks at how schools and experts are approaching assessment.

Spotlight on ELL Assessment & Teaching

Teaching English-language learners is a complex endeavor that more and more schools are facing. This Spotlight examines assessment and instruction in the everyday world of ELLs and their schools.

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Creating Effective Classroom Assessments
In this webinar, Stuart R. Kahl, Ph.D., Deborah Farrington, M.Ed., and Ellen Vorenkamp, Ed.D., focused on the three key elements of creating effective classroom assessment, and how to build teacher capacity in each.

Common Assessments: What You Need to Know
Two groups of states aim to move past multiple-choice-only tests to include essays, projects, and other tasks designed to gauge deeper, more complex learning

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The new exam, described as an "achievement test," aims to judge students' in such areas as analysis, synthesis, and real-world problem-solving.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
The architects of one of the best-known gauges of student achievement—the National Assessment of Educational Progress—are preparing for a dramatic expansion of technology-based assessment.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
Standardized testing for Oklahoma students was disrupted by technical problems for the second consecutive year, prompting the suspension of all online testing Monday.
April 22, 2014 - AP
Meeting each child where he or she is in early childhood and increasing out-of-school learning experiences are some of the ways to strengthen our weakened education system and drive K-12 results, writes Paul Reville.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
The two main assessment consortia have much in common concerning the types of accommodations and tools for testing special populations, but they part company on some key issues.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
See a complete breakdown of key features of PARCC and Smarter Balanced testing, including the types of tests used by each consortia and a look at the groups' testing windows.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
Political, technical, and financial factors have constrained some of the original, and more ambitious, plans for the assessments being developed by two state coalitions.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
The two organizations, both federally funded, are developing alternate assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities, but are working under very different theories of learning.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
Critics of the standards for English/language arts and mathematics span the political spectrum, from tea-party members to union leaders.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
Specialized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards are being field-tested for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
April 15, 2014 - Education Week

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