Assessment and Testing

The latest news about assessment, including articles, Commentary, and special features.

Map: The National K-12 Testing Landscape

See the results of Education Week’s 50-state reporting project on states' testing plans. (November 6, 2014)

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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A New Jersey high school student who posted a tweet about a question on a common-core test has unintentionally sparked a national controversy.
March 30, 2015 - Education Week
Arizona and North Dakota require high school students to correctly answer portions of the test to graduate, and other states are weighing such a mandate.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
Following his district's big academic gains, receiver/superintendent Jeffrey Riley explains why he won't yet implement the standards assessment.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
The new flexibility granted to the state by the U.S. Department of Education, being tried out in a handful of districts, is a departure from the NCLB law.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Scores from tests aligned with the new standards are widely expected to be lower than the results of previous assessments, and states want to head off a backlash.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Knitting assessment thoughtfully into any work on curriculum is crucial, experts say, so it's important to have oversight models that ensure that it happens.
March 16, 2015 - Education Week
Testing can make a teacher's already-tough job even more stressful. Lori Branham and Julie Hiltz have some tips for holding it together when testing season comes around.
March 3, 2015 - Teacher
Two days of floor debate on the House Republican measure to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act revealed sharp differences over K-12 policy.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
The average combined math and verbal SAT scores of new teachers in New York state schools rose over the last decade, a new study finds.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week

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