Assessment and Testing

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Students at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River, Vt., stream into the school's computer lab, where they are field-testing the Smarter Balanced online exams. Children in grades 3-11 are taking part in the testing.
—Caleb Kenna for Education Week

Early Reports Suggest Few Field-Testing Snags

Districts in the trial run for common-core exams told Education Week they experienced only minor technological problems, but students found the tests harder than their state assessments. (May 5, 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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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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At their respective conventions in July, the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers often echoed one another.
July 25, 2014 - Education Week
Nebraska education officials are throwing out the results of statewide writing tests plagued by technological problems.
July 23, 2014 - AP
Schools get better, more useful information from performance assessments and collaboration than from standardized exams, Greg Jouriles says.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants the state to jettison tests aligned with the common core, but the state schools chief and school board are balking.
July 3, 2014 - Education Week
Many states are moving to delay or alter test-based accountability for schools and teachers, as tests associated with the Common Core State Standards head for debut nationwide.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week
The $810 million in revenues that ed-tech companies generated from various aspects of digital assessment more than offset declines in the LMS and productivity-tools sectors.
June 9, 2014 - Education Week
Nearly four years after winning its Race to the Top grant, Georgia still has a rocky climb to the education-redesign summit outlined in the state's application for the federal grant program.
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
At a time when more states are moving to retain struggling students in lower grades, research shows that such efforts are counterproductive, Deborah Stipek and Michael Lombardo say.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week

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