Assessment and Testing

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Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., review a PARCC practice test to get acquainted with the format before field-testing the computer-based assessments last March. Massachusetts, like most states, is transitioning to common-core tests this year.
—Gretchen Ertl for Education Week-File

Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing

This is the academic year when nearly every state must give assessments aligned to their "college- and career-ready" standards. But there are questions about how well those tests will measure mastery of the standards. (September 3, 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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The race between state schools chief Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck centers on whether the Golden State is on the right path in reinventing its public schools.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
Amid concerns about too much testing, state schools chiefs and big-city superintendents have vowed to shed redundant tests but stick with annual assessments.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
In some districts, the uses of adaptive testing extend beyond assessment, as teachers use test results to modify lessons and stage interventions for students of different abilities.
October 20, 2014 - Education Week
Many schools' personalized learning efforts hinge on the use of formative assessment tools, including embedded online curriculum, adaptive-learning platforms, and stand-alone tests.
October 17, 2014 - Education Week
Too many students are 'missing opportunities' to take rigorous courses—and potentially boost their SAT scores, says the board.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
The Educational Testing Service, with the help of a nonprofit specializing in teacher practice, is planning to release a new assessment capable of measuring teacher-candidates' ability to execute key aspects of instruction.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
Legislation in Congress would open the door to "staggered testing," letting states give summative exams only in certain grades in a departure from the NCLB testing regime.
October 13, 2014 - Education Week
The state is scrambling to hire a company to administer winter tests used for high school graduation after McGraw-Hill Education CTB withdrew from a proposed contract.
October 10, 2014 - Education Week
A new report claims "the future of the common core remains uncertain at this important juncture" because many districts are not yet fully prepared to impart the new academic expectations in reading and math.
October 8, 2014 - Education Week

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